Constipation in Children

(KTSF by Jo Wan)
According to a pediatric nurse at UCSF, constipation is more common in children than people may think. Anne Arnhem, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at University of California in San Francisco says symptoms include  fewer bowel movements or hard stools  and difficulty and pain passing  bowel movements . Sometimes, there is no identifiable reason for constipation in children. However, some of the causes
may include chronicle problems since infancy , stool withholding which happens when children are too busy playing and forget to  go to the bathroom.  Dietary habits such as a low-fiber diet may contribute to  adult’s having the same problem  but  it’s not necessarily related to constipation in children.
An abdominal x-ray exam can diagnose constipation if a child has some severe symtons.  Arnhem says ” Some significant warning signs include possible strain with bowl movement, or a smear of stool in underwear, or  a child may take more time going to the  bathroom “
There are over-the-counter laxatives for constipation treatment  but Arnhym suggested that parents first  consult with pediatricians
before using any medication.
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