- What does constipation mean?
Constipation is a condition of the digestive system where
a person experiences hard feces that are
difficult to egests
it may be extremely painful, and in severe
cases lead to symptoms of bowel obstruction.
What are the causes of constipation in infants and children?
Infants and children who eat well-balanced
meals typically are not constipated.
Breastfed infants will generally have more
stools per day
Kind of food:
eating a lot of sugar and desserts are also
prone to difficulties in passing their
Avoidance of going to the bathroom:
for various reasons: lack of privacy or
cleanliness of the bathroom, prior painful
or frightening experience that makes them
want to avoid going to the bathroom As stool
remains in the colon, the colon will absorb
water out of the stool, making it hard and
dry. This makes it even more difficult or
painful to pass and causes the child to
continue "holding it.
Any intense changes in a child:
such as illnesses causing fever, a long time
in bed, eating less, or dehydration may
cause decreased frequency of stools or may
- Hypothyroidism (lowered activity of the thyroid gland) is a
condition that causes decreased activity of
the intestinal muscle
the colon cannot receive directions from the
brain to go to the bathroom properly
- Lead poisoning
- Electrolyte imbalance
How to treat Constipation?
Treatment is done using either oral or rectal medications, or a combination of
both. most safe is Glycerol (Suppositories)
The type of medication used also depends on the child’s age and exact problem.
A lot of things can help example:
Give your child plenty of fluids and juices
A well-balanced meal consisting of whole
bran cereals, fruits, and vegetables with
less candy and dessert also helps.
Take advantage of the gastro colonic reflex
after each meal The body has a natural
reflex called the gastro colonic reflex.
After a meal, the colon undergoes
peristalsis and attempts to clear the