Constipation in children is a common problem and usually temporary. It is treatable with diet and lifestyle changes. However, the condition itself can be quite painful for the child and heart-breaking for the parent when the child is in tears.
What is constipation in children?
It is a condition where the child may have fewer than two bowel movements in a week or bowel movements with stools that are hard, dry and small, making them painful or difficult to pass.
This post answers the following questions every parent might have while dealing with constipation:
Is it common?
What complications can it cause?
What are the symptoms?
When should you see the doctor?
What causes constipation in children?
How do doctors diagnose it?
What tests are prescribed?
What are the treatment options?
How are complications treated?
How can a child’s diet help prevent or relieve constipation?
What foods should be avoided?