Constipation in children
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- Croffie, J.M. Indian J Pediatr (2006) 73: 697. doi:10.1007/BF02898448
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Constipation is a common problem throughout the world. It occurs in about 10–20% of adults in Western Countries and 0.3% to 28% of children worldwide. Most childhood constipation results from intentional withholding of stool following a painful experience with defecation. Thus, an extensive evaluation is often not necessary in a child presenting with constipation. Treatment should include education, evacuation of the rectum with oral or rectal laxatives if an impaction is present, laxatives to ensure soft stools and behavior modification.