Chronic Constipation in Children

Constipation is a common problem in children that has driven many a parent to distraction and kids to tears. You worry, and your child becomes cranky and uncomfortable. Nobody's happy. When constipation becomes chronic, it can lead to problems like fecal hoarding and soiling. Our pediatric gastroenterologists can help. We specialize in making chronic constipation a thing of the past.

Kids are generally considered constipated when they have fewer than three bowel movements in a week or if the stool is hard, dry, painful or unusually large. Constipation can be due to poor diet, certain medications or stress. Increasing dietary fiber and drinking more water can help prevent constipation. If constipation is prolonged or does not respond easily to treatment measures, your pediatrician may refer you to a pediatric gastroenterologist.

Treatments for Chronic Constipation in Children

It’s common for kids to be constipated. But this is your child, and it’s your job to help solve the problem. Further problems can develop if constipation is left untreated. You have your pediatrician and the full support of the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital gastroenterology team.

If your child's constipation becomes a chronic problem, our pediatric gastroenterologists can help get your child "going" again.

Diet and Nutrition Support
Our pediatric dietitians can make dietary recommendations for your child, emphasizing plenty of water and high-fiber foods that will help decrease constipation problems.

Gastroenterology Consultation
A gastroenterologist can help detect the causes of your child’s constipation and determine whether further evaluation is needed.