Constipation in Children Topic Guide

Constipation in Children Constipation in Children: Constipation in infants and children affects up to 10% of children at any given time. Causes of constipation in infants and children include a wilfulness 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, and several medical disorders. Symptoms of constipation in infants and children include vague abdominal pain, vomiting, decreased appetite, urinary tract infections (UTIs), urinary incontinence, frequent urination, and bedwetting. Home remedies can be helpful with mild constipation, however, it may be necessary for the affected infant or child to see a pediatrician or other health care professional.

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Constipation in Children Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

polyethylene glycol 3350 Polyethylene Glycol 3350

Polyethylene glycol 3350 is a laxative solution that increases the amount of water in the intestinal tract to stimulate bowel movements...learn more »

polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Solution

Polyethylene glycol electrolyte solution is a laxative solution that stimulates bowel movements. This medication also contains minerals to replace electroly...learn more »

docusate Docusate

Docusate is a stool softener that makes bowel movements softer and easier to pass...learn more »

psyllium Psyllium

Psyllium is a bulk-forming fiber laxative that is used to treat occasional constipation or bowel irregularity...learn more »

senna Senna

Senna is also known as Cassia, Fan Xie Ye, Alejandrina, Séné, Sennae, and Tinnevelly...learn more »

glycerin (rectal) Glycerin (rectal)

Glycerin rectal is used as a laxative. It works by causing the intestines to hold more water, which softens the stool...learn more »