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We hemmed and hawed about whether to put this delicately, but nothing makes you straight-up about bodily processes like parenting.

Bunch would like to draw your attention to these historical photos to support up our claim that Passover is particularly rough on the delicate constitutions of wee ones. See this charming Minneapolis seder from 1917?

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Look closely. Look into the faces of the children, and you will understand.

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Eight days of matzoh-eating will leave you constipated.

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Passover begins tonight and Jewish children all over the world are invited to ask questions. You may want to avoid, “Why on this night do we begin our annual tradition of not pooping?” being asked at your seder table.

Some tips:

1. Easy on the Matzoh

It’s easy to reach for when you’re confronted with a snack-crazed toddler as you try to make it through the reading of the Haggadah. Remind your little one you’ll all be eating a lot of matzoh between now and next Monday. And hand her a piece of fruit.

2. Substitute!

Quinoa is an increasingly common — if mildly controversial — substitute for food products that are chametz (or leavened) during Passover. Lately, some packaged quinoa is even marked with the OU-P symbol.

Use quinoa flour anywhere you’d use matzoh meal (ie: these delicious salmon croquettes) and not only will you increase protein and fibre, you’ll increase belly happiness.

3. Drink Water

Offer kids plenty of water before, during and after the meal. All seltzer water and (unflavoured) carbonated water is kosher for Passover.

4. Eat LOTS of Fruit

Most cereal is verboten during Passover anyway, so embrace morning smoothies as your alternate tradition. Blend lots of ripe fruit with gut-loving yogurt or kefir (use plain, no flavoured syrup), and add ripe bananas to make the smoothie thicker.

Coconut kefir is a great dairy-free alternative and this make-your-own recipe looks great.

5. Ginger

Ginger is a great antidote to all things tummy-related, including constipation. Jamie Geller has a great recipe for Haroset with ginger. Add a tiny bit of ginger to those morning smoothies, and they’re unlikely to even notice it. Ginger in fruit salad is yummy too.

And ginger also has a 5000 year history as a natural remedy.

6. Exercise

There are very good reasons for the after-dinner walk through the neighbourhood. And the before-dinner stroll. Keep yourselves moving, and things will keep moving.

Maybe take some dried fruit to nibble on. Dried fruit like prunes.

There, Don’t you feel better already, little one?

 sources: NPR, Centre for Jewish History, Jamie Geller, PopSugar, MindBodyGreen

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