What causes constipation in children? Read on and learn all you need to know about constipation in children, what you can do to prevent it and common treatments.
1. Changes in Diet: As your child's diet changes, so does his bowel movements. If he is not taking enough fibre-rich foods or fluid, his stools can harden and become more difficult to pass out. Commonly, constipation may be experienced when children transit from an all-liquid diet to solid foods.
2. Holding the Urge to Go: Your child may not want to disrupt his play, may be uncomfortable to have a bowel movement outside his/her house, or is afraid of passing stools due to an earlier painful episode. Frequent holding back of bowel movements can lead to harder stools.
3. Emotional Anxieties: Are you trying to potty train your child too early? Or is there a new baby in the family? Emotional factors may disrupt bowel movements too.
4. Changes in Routine: Travelling to a different country or starting out at a new school can disrupt the child's routine and affect their bowel function.
5. Medications: Certain medications such as antihistamines and antidepressants, and iron supplements can contribute to constipation.
6. Medical Conditions: There are some rare anatomic (e.g. malformation of the intestines) and functional (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome) causes of constipation. Other medical conditions such as thyroid gland disorders or neurological disorders can also lead to constipation.
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Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is meant purely for educational purposes and may not be used as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should seek the advice of your doctor or a qualified healthcare provider before starting any treatment or if you have any questions related to your health, physical fitness or medical condition.
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Thursday, July 8, 2021
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