Constipation In Young Children

Does your toddler regularly suffer from constipation? Talk with the healthcare provider about possible reasons for this and how to alleviate it.


The longer a stool remains there, the harder and dryer it gets, making bowel movements painful. And if there’s a pain, your child may consciously try to hold that stool in, making the problem even worse. It is a cycle and your pediatrician can help you figure out approaches to changing the behavioral and physical cycle as well as adjusting your child’s diet so it does not recur.

Stool retention occurs most often between ages 2 and 5, particularly around toilet-training time.

Make sure your child drinks plenty of water and add some high-fiber foods (prunes, apricots, raisons, peas, beans, whole-grain cereals, etc.) to his daily diet if constipation is a problem. And set up a regular toileting routine.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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