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High Fibre Diet and the Sweet Corn Test

One of the commonest causes for abdominal pain in children in this country is lack of fibre in the diet. This can result in the intestines “getting cramps” trying to drive a small amount of pooh towards the anus. Even children who do a poo every day can have a transit time (the time it takes for food to get from one end of the gastro-intestinal tract to the other) of more than 24 hours.

The ideal time is less than 24 hours. However, it is usually very difficult to tell whether the poo that a child passed this morning was from last night’s dinner or last week’s. This is where the sweet corn comes in.

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