Pediatrics - Constipation
IntroductionConstipation refers to a change and decrease in bowel movements. Constipation can be very uncomfortable but is rarely linked to a serious medical condition. It can cause hard stools that are difficult and painful to pass. A poor diet, poor bowel habits, physical inactivity, and older age are common factors associated with constipation. Constipation is treated with dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and in some cases, medications.
Initially, doctors may recommend some medications. Your doctor may prescribe bulk-forming agents, stool softeners, or laxatives. You should discuss long-term medication options with your doctor, if necessary. Over-the-counter laxatives are not recommended for long-term use.
Am I at Risk
Is My Child at Risk?
Certain factors can lead to constipation. They include eating a poor diet, physical inactivity, older age, certain medical conditions, and some medications. You should tell your doctor about your child's risk factors and discuss your concerns. There may be changes you can make to eliminate selected risk factors.
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