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Constipation in Children (Infants) Topic Guide

Constipation in Children (Infants) Constipation in Children (Infants):

Constipation in infants and 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:

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 pediatrician or other health care professional.

Constipation in Children (Infants) 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 increases the amount of water in the intestinal tract to stimulate bowel movements. Thi...learn more »

docusate Docusate

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

psyllium Psyllium

Psyllium is a bulk-forming fiber laxative. Psyllium works by absorbing liquid and swelling in the intestines to create a softer, bulky stool that is easier t...learn more »

senna Senna

Senna is also known as Cassia senna, tinnevelly senna, Indian senna, Alexandrian senna, and Khartoum senna...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 »