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Medicines That Can Cause Constipation in Children

Many medicines can cause constipation. Medicines that are most likely to cause constipation include:

If constipation occurs following the start of a medicine:

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Superior Vena Cava Syndrome in Children

Superior vena cava syndrome in a child is a serious medical emergency because the child's windpipe can become blocked. Superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS) in children can be life-threatening. This is because the trachea (windpipe) can quickly become blocked. In adults, the windpipe is fairly stiff, but in children, it is softer and can more easily be squeezed shut. Also, a child's windpipe is narrower, so any amount of swelling can cause breathing problems. Squeezing of the trachea is called superior...

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  • For prescription medicine, before your child's next dose (the same day), call the doctor who prescribed it to determine whether your child should stop taking the medicine or take a different one. An appointment may not be necessary.
  • For nonprescription medicine, stop giving your child the medicine. If you feel your child needs to continue taking the medicine, call your doctor.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
Last Revised October 6, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: October 06, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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