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Constipation in Children (cont.)

Constipation in Children Prognosis

  • Acute constipation can be corrected easily. After the dehydration or illness improves, bowel function improves.
  • Chronic constipation, however, often requires long-term therapy with oral medication. Most children respond to therapy and are able to discontinue medications within a year. Relapses can be common, especially if the child or parents do not follow the health care practitioner's instructions, or medical intervention is not present. If therapy fails, the child may need to see a pediatric gastroenterologist, the doctor who specializes in the stomach and intestines.

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics

REFERENCE: Medscape Reference. Pediatric Constipation.

Previous contributing authors and editors: Author: Victoria NH Wilson, MD, Resident Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Coauthor(s): Nancy A Wick, MD, Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Section of Pediatrics, Wake Forest University and Baptist Medical Center. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Steven L Bernstein, MD, Vice-Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mt Sinai School of Medicine.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/1/2016

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