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Constipation in Children (cont.)

Constipation in Children Prevention

To prevent constipation from returning, the child should make changes in behavior, diet, and fluid intake.

  • Long-term use of laxatives for several months or up to a year may be indicated.
  • Regular toilet habits have to be started after each meal to take advantage of the body's normal urge to empty the bowel.
  • Continued use of positive reinforcement with verbal or other rewards or both often contributes to long-term bowel success.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/23/2014
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