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8 Signs your child may be constipated and what you can do to treat it




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
  • Allergy
  • 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
  • Bloating
  • Blood in the stool
  • Tears in the skin around the anus
  • Fever and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • 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.




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Mofeyintioluwa is a health enthusiast who has particular interests in nutrition and fitness. She also loves music and enjoys reading Christian biographies. She thinks social work and public health are noble professions. Ultimately, she's exclusively for Jesus.

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