Symptoms and Treatment of Constipation in Children

Symptoms of Constipation in Children

Withholding the bowls is the most prominent symptom of constipation in children. The child often exhibits the following postures:

  • The child stands on tiptoes and then rocks back on the heels of the feet
  • The child clenches the buttock muscles
  • Displays unusual dance like movements

Ironically though the above symptoms are mistaken by parents as an attempt of “pushing”

What are the Bodily symptoms of constipation?

The following are the bodily symptoms of constipation:

  • Severe abdominal pain with cramps
  • Painful and tedious bowl movements
  • Hard Dry, bigger masses of faecal matter
  • Soiled underwears (often mistaken by parents as symptoms of diarrhoea)

When Should the Child be Taken to a Doctor?

The child should be taken to a doctor if constipation lasts for more than few weeks. Persistent constipation is a pertinent indication of some other serious ailments. That may be any one of the following:

  • Fever
  • Blood in the stool
  • A swollen abdomen
  • Weight loss
  • Painful cracks in the skin around the anus ( fissures)
  • Rectal prolapse ( the situation where in intestine come out of the anus)

How to Treat the Constipation?

Following measure should be talent for treating the constipation:

  • Change the diet, Increase the intake of fibres, cereals etc.,
  • Take laxatives.
  • Have regular and systematic ( according to a time schedule) bowel habits.

Treatment of constipation depends on the age of the child and the severity of the problem.

Some Helpful Advice

If patents observe any signs of bowl withholding in their child they must encourage the child to spend time in toilet immediately after the meals.


The information in this article only offers preliminary insight into the problem. This article is no substitute for timely and complete medical supervision.

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