Constipation is a very common problem in children. Most times, the condition is not usually a sign of a serious problem. If your child is constipated, he/she would have infrequent bowel movements and difficulty passing stools.
Some common causes of constipation in childhood include:
- Side effects of certain medications
- A diet low in fiber
- Not taking enough fluids
- Changes in diet
- Changes in routine
- Difficulty with toilet training
- Withholding stools
- Family history of constipation
Besides infrequent bowel movement, other signs that show your child may be constipated are:
- Stomach pain
- Blood in the stool
- Tears in the skin around the anus
- Fever and vomiting
- Blood on the surface of hard stool
- Pain while having bowel movement
While constipation in children can be quite uncomfortable, and a little painful, it is not usually something serious and therefore what you can treat at home. Giving your child fiber-rich foods and plenty of fluids in addition to encouraging your child to use the toilet every morning often helps in relieving constipation.
Only in rare cases does a doctor need to be seen for constipation. If your child’s constipation lasts for more than two weeks, you should take your child to see a doctor.