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What causes constipation in children?

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There are many possible causes for constipation, including:

  • Your child is trying to hold his bowel movements in -- maybe because he’s stressed about potty training, doesn’t want to use the toilet in certain places (like school), or because he’s afraid of a painful bathroom experience.
  • A diet that’s low in fiber or doesn’t include enough liquids (or both)
  • Side effects of certain medications

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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