Symptoms of Constipation in Kids

Symptoms of Constipation in Kids


>Constipation and children is a very
common problem, a constipated child has infrequent bowel movements or a
harddrive stool, constipation, so Jennifer like one of the ways that, I guess at
this point, how do you treat it if you know the child’s constipate?, is a million
over-the-counter things that you can do, but how should you treat it.>Well
the first step in constipation is really being aware, and many times we have
patients and families who come into the hospital, and they come in with
complaints of abdominal pain and we do ask them in their history,
does your child suffer from constipation?, and unfortunately a lot of the parents
most of the time will say oh no no they they go to the bathroom every day, and
then we further ask them when they go to the bathroom is your bowel movement is
it hard?, how many times do we go a week?, is it soft?, is it liquid?, and and parents
sometimes are really a either unaware that their child is constipated or B
they don’t recognize the signs appropriately, and then when we start
working them up we do see that in fact they they are full of stool and very
constipated, and it’s sometimes surprising to the parents, so awareness
is really really important at different age groups, that’s obviously
you know in toddlers parents are more aware of their children’s bowel habits,
versus once they start becoming older school-age and then teenagers, so it’s
important that we educate the child as well as the parent on what the signs are,
in terms of what do we do about constipation, prevention is really the
best thing for constipation, you want to try and avoid getting to the point where
you’re so constipated you wind up in an emergency room, and things that you can
do for prevention you know diet is a very very big factor
in constipation, increasing your fluid intake increasing your fiber your fresh
fruits and vegetables, activity levels are very important, you want to make sure
that these kids are up and active, not sitting playing on the video games, or on
the computer for too long, and the other thing that’s interesting
with constipation is that, children who go to school, you know the bathroom
situation in school is not always the most comfortable for a child to go and
spend time, that you sometimes need to, take care of your body properly,
so they some times get very busy in school, they have
a lot of activities and they tend to avoid, and that can lead to problems too,
so the prevention is really key for for preventing an issue.

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