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Pediatric Constipation

What is constipation?

Constipation is defined as:

  • A decrease in frequency of bowel movements, compared to a child's usual pattern (some health care providers define constipation as fewer than three bowel movements per week).
  • The passage of hard, oftentimes large-caliber, dry bowel movements.
  • Bowel movements that are difficult or painful to push out.

However, normal stool elimination may consist of having a bowel movement three times a day or three times a week; it depends on the person. Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints, resulting in 2.5 million health care provider visits annually.

Prevention and Risk Assessment

  • What causes constipation in children?
  • Why is constipation in children a concern?
  • What are the symptoms of constipation in children?

Diagnosis

  • How is constipation in children diagnosed?
  • When should you contact a health care provider?

Treatments

  • What are treatments for constipation in children?
  • Foods with fiber
  • What is the long-term outlook for a child with constipation?
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