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What are the symptoms of constipation in children?

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Besides the obvious painful bowel movements, look for these typical signs:

Sometimes, a constipated child might actually appear to have diarrhea, which can be confusing. What’s happening here is that a large formed stool has gotten stuck in your child’s rectum, and somewhat liquid stool gets passed around it.

  • Stomach pain and bloating
  • Bleeding with bowel movements
  • Soiling accidents

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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