Managing functional constipation in children

Anne Rowan-Legg
Paediatrics & Child Health 2011, 16 (10): 661-70
Constipation is a common childhood problem, with both somatic and psychological effects. The etiology of paediatric constipation is likely multifactorial, and seldom due to organic pathology. Children benefit from prompt and thorough management of this disorder. The goal of treatment is to produce soft, painless stools and to prevent reaccumulation of feces. Education, behavioural modification, daily maintenance stool softeners and dietary modification are all important components of therapy. Fecal disimpaction may be necessary at the outset of treatment. Investigations are rarely necessary. Polyethylene glycol is a safe, effective and well-tolerated long-term treatment for constipation. Regular follow-up for children with constipation is important. Referral to a gastroenterologist should be made in refractory cases or when there is a suspicion of organic pathology.

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sebastian Gaitan

Excellent very interesting !!


sanjay chattree

Junk food and irregular sleeping habits may add to constipation


Gaurav Gupta

Physical activity and fluid and fiber intake can play important roles too



Dietary habits are main concern Meanwhile dolicho, megacolon and Hirshprung mostly seen. Is there any link to consaguineous marriage.


nigatu asfaw

Very useful


Anuj Rastogi

Rightly Said Dr Sanjay
Irregular sleeping habits are also main contributing factor.
Big effect of digital games as well , as child is always in hurry.


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