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Constipation in Children (cont.)

Constipation in Children Symptoms

Generally, if a child has fewer than three bowel movements per week, and the stools are hard or painful to pass, he or she may have constipation.

  • Children often exhibit characteristic behaviors while trying to keep from having a bowel movement.
    • Infants having painful bowel movements may extend their legs and squeeze their anal and buttock muscles to prevent passage of stool.
    • Toddlers often rise up on their toes, rock back and forth, and hold their legs and buttocks stiffly.
  • Some medications can make children more likely to be constipated. Common contributors include over-the-counter cold medications and antacids. Antidepressants, anticonvulsants, chemotherapy medications, or narcotic pain medications (such as codeine) can also constipate.
  • Other signs that children are constipated
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/1/2016

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