Constipation in Children Topic Guide
Constipation in Children: Constipation in children affects up to 10% of children at any given time. Causes of constipation in infants and children include a willfulness to avoid the toilet, prior painful or frightening experiences that make them avoid the bathroom, a concern for lack of privacy in public restrooms, changes in diet, dehydration, several medical disorders. Symptoms of constipation in infants and children include vague abdominal pain, vomiting, decreased appetite, urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, frequent urination, or bedwetting. Home remedies and self-care at home is possible with mild constipation, however, it may be necessary for the affected infant or child to see a health care practitioner.
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Encopresis Encopresis is the soiling of the underwear with stool by children who are past the age of toilet training. Causes of encopresis is caused by disease or an anatomic abnormality that the child is born with. Encopresis occurs as a result of chronic constipation. Treatment for encopresis are prescription and over-the-counter medication and changing the child's bowel habits.
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