Constipation in children

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Constipation is a common problem throughout the world. It occurs in about 10-20% of adults in Western Countries and 0.3% to 28% of children worldwide. Most childhood constipation results from intentional withholding of stool following a painful experience with defecation. Thus, an extensive evaluation is often not necessary in a child presenting with constipation. Treatment should include education, evacuation of the rectum with oral or rectal laxatives if an impaction is present, laxatives to ensure soft stools and behavior modification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-701
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006


  • Constipation
  • Encopresis
  • Fecal retention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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