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Constipation, Age 11 and Younger - Preparing For Your Appointment

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your child's condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:

  • When did the constipation begin?
  • How often does your child normally have a bowel movement?
  • Are the stools hard or soft?
  • Does your child have a history of constipation?
  • Has prevention or home treatment helped relieve the constipation?
  • If your child has been toilet trained, has he or she had any leakage of soft or liquid stool that has stained his or her underwear?
  • Has your child had a recent change in diet, daily routine, or environment?
  • Has your child recently started taking a new prescription or nonprescription medicine?
  • Are you giving your child any new herbal remedies or vitamins?
  • Has your child been under any added stress recently?
  • Does your child have any health risks?

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 08, 2013
    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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