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Constipation In Children

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Constipation is defined as either decreased frequency of bowel movements or painful bowel movements. Children between 1 and 4 years old usually defecate between 1 and 2 times a day and defecates more than 90% by spending a day at least. When a child is constipated for a long time can begin to soil your underwear. The medical term used to describe this symptom that can occur in children with chronic constipation is encopresis. Other symptoms that may accompany constipation include stomach aches, poor appetite and irritability.
In most cases no tests are needed before the treatment of constipation. But sometimes, depending on the severity of the problem, your doctor may order x-rays or other tests to clarify the situation.

At least 25% of visits to pediatric gastroenterologist is due to constipation problems. Million prescriptions per year spread to administer laxatives and stool softeners.
In some children, the effort and difficulties in defecating (usually with soft stools) may be due simply to an immature system with rectal muscles do not relax at the right time. It must be remembered that some healthy babies who are breastfeeding can go days without a bowel movement. Thereafter, constipation may begin when the child’s diet includes enough fiber or liquids. (more…)

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