• What you Need to Know about Constipation in Children

    Learn the causes, how to prevent it, and when it's time to see the doctor.
    by Gretchen Agdamag, MD .
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    Constipation, a common cause of abdominal pain, can be a frustrating problem, especially to parents when it happens to their children.  Constipation is a condition defined as a decrease in the usual pattern of bowel movement frequency and the presence of abdominal discomfort, bloatedness, cramps or pain together with hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass.


    Causes of constipation in children
    Dr. Aileen Binuya, a pediatrician from Capitol Medical Center, explains that the most common causes of constipation among children include the following:

    • Diet. The lack of fiber in their meals can lead to constipation. Some children also do not drink enough water and liquids.
    • Stress and emotional issues. Children and even toddlers may withhold stool because they are overwhelmed  by toilet training, are embarrassed to use the bathroom or do not want to interrupt playtime. Children also get constipated when  stressed or anxious about new things in their environment.
    • Diseases or abnormalities involving the intestinal tract or rectum
    • Certain medications or drugs

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