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Constipation, Age 11 and Younger - Check Your Symptoms

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If your child has any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.

  • Fever: Go to the topic Fever, Age 3 and Younger or Fever, Age 4 and Older.
  • Sharp or severe abdominal pain: Go to the topic Abdominal Pain, Age 11 and Younger. To evaluate the severity of your child's pain, see evaluating pain in children age 3 and younger.
  • Vomiting: Go to the topic Vomiting, Age 3 and Younger or Nausea and Vomiting, Age 4 and Older.

Does your child have rectal bleeding?

Do you think that your child's constipation may be caused by physical or sexual abuse?

Does your child have new constipation?

Does your child have rectal pain?

Do you think your child's constipation may be caused by a medicine?

Does your child have persistent constipation (chronic constipation)?

Is your toilet-trained child leaking liquid or loose stool into his or her underwear?

If a visit to a health professional is not needed immediately, see the Home Treatment section for self-care information.


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: August 02, 2012
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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