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Chronic Constipation in Children

About Your Child's Care and Condition

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.