The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, 73:697

Constipation in children

Authors

    • James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for ChildrenIndiana University School of Medicine
Symposium: Gastroenterology & Hepatology

DOI: 10.1007/BF02898448

Cite this article as:
Croffie, J.M. Indian J Pediatr (2006) 73: 697. doi:10.1007/BF02898448

Abstract

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.

Key words

ConstipationFecal retentionEncopresis

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