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What are signs that your child might be constipated?

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Your child may be constipated if he’s having any of these symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fewer than three bowel movements per week for children, and for babies, no bowel movement for 2 or 3 days more than usual
  • Your child attempts to hold in his stool -- signs include making faces, crossing his legs, or twisting his body.
  • Hard, dry stools that don’t pass easily

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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