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After how long should you see a doctor about your child's constipation?

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Constipation isn’t usually something to worry about in children, but it can sometimes be a sign of a more serious condition. If your child’s constipation lasts for more than 2 weeks, something else may be going on.

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: “Constipation in Children.”

Mayo Clinic: “Constipation in children.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: “Constipation in children.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Symptoms & Causes of Constipation in Children.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: “Constipation in Children.”

Mayo Clinic: “Constipation in children.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: “Constipation in children.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Symptoms & Causes of Constipation in Children.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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