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Can getting your child to regularly use the bathroom help with constipation?

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It does help to get your child into the habit of regular bowel movements. Have him try for at least 10 minutes two times a day. After a meal is a good time.

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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