Constipation in children

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Find out about the different causes of constipation and how you can help your child relieve it with diet, toilet training and/or medications.

Key points

  • Constipation means bowel movements that are less frequent than usual, painful or hard to pass.
  • Constipation can be caused by inadequate fluids or fibre in the diet, a change in bowel routines or medications.
  • Genetics may play an important role in your child’s bowel patterns.
  • Changes in your child's diet may improve constipation.
  • Your child's doctor may also suggest giving medication such as stool softeners to clear the bowel.
  • See your doctor if your child has blood in their stool, is having accidents with bowel movements or has a fever or severe abdominal pain and vomiting.
Last updated: August 28th 2023