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Constipation in Children (PDF, 531 KB)
Digestive Disease Information
Constipation is a condition in which a child has fewer than two bowel movements a week, or hard, dry, and small bowel movements that are painful or difficult to pass.
Constipation happens when stool stays too long in a child's colon. Causes of constipation in children may include ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement, a diet low in fiber, certain medicines or health problems.
A doctor will use a child's medical history and perform a physical exam to diagnose constipation. A doctor may order specific tests to diagnose the cause of a child's constipation if he or she does not respond to treatment.
Treatments for constipation in children include making changes in the child's eating, diet, and nutrition; behavioral changes; and enemas and laxatives.
A child's eating habits and diet may affect whether he or she is constipated. If a child's diet has too little fiber, he or she may get constipated.
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The digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract-also called the digestive tract-and the liver, pancreas, and the gallbladder. The GI tract is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus.
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