02/12/2021 Medicine
DOI: 10.1136/bmj-2021-065046 SemanticScholar ID: 244801322

Childhood constipation

Publication Summary

Constipation, the passage of fewer than three complete stools perweek,1 affects approximately one in 10 children worldwide.2 It occurs most commonly in toddlers,3 often presenting at the time of weaning, toilet training, or starting school.4 Laxatives are safe and effective.5 Early intervention and support for parents with dosing and duration can prevent problemssuchas chronicity,withholdingbehaviours, overstretched bowels with decreased motility, and overflow soiling. This article offers an approach to childhood constipation in primary care, especially where initial treatment has been unsuccessful.

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Dr. Jonathan Darling

University of Leeds - Clinical Associate Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health and Medical Education

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