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How can regular toilet time help treat constipation in children?

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Encourage your child to use the toilet first thing in the morning and after every meal or snack. Particularly for a younger child, you may get better results by telling, not asking. Instead of suggesting, “Do you need to go to the bathroom?” simply say, “Time to go to the bathroom now.”

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Treatment of Childhood Constipation by Primary Care Physicians: Efficacy and Predictors of Outcome."

Deb Cloney, M.D., pediatric gastroenterologist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Constipation in Children." 

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Treatment of Childhood Constipation by Primary Care Physicians: Efficacy and Predictors of Outcome."

Deb Cloney, M.D., pediatric gastroenterologist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Constipation in Children." 

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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