Constipation in Children


What is constipation? Constipation is when your child has hard, dry bowel movements or goes longer than usual in between bowel movements.

What causes constipation in children?

What are the signs and symptoms of constipation in children?

How is constipation in children diagnosed? Your child's healthcare provider will ask about your child's bowel movements and examine him. He may take a sample of bowel movement from your child's rectum. Your child may need an x-ray of his abdomen. This will help your child's healthcare provider see if your child has constipation.

How is constipation in children treated? The following treatments can make it easier for your child to have a bowel movement. Ask your child's healthcare provider before you give him any of the following medicines:

How can I help manage my child's constipation?

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?


You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's caregivers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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