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Health Tip: Could Your Child Be Constipated?

Health Tip: Could Your Child Be Constipated?

05/05/11

(HealthDay News) -- Children may become constipated from a practice experts call "stool withholding" -- deliberately not going to the bathroom because of embarrassment, fear of an unpleasant experience, or the desire not to interrupt playtime.

The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse says parents should be aware of these warning signs that a child may be constipated:

  • Having infrequent bowel movements.
  • Displaying posture indicating the child is holding in a stool, including squeezing the buttocks or rocking back and forth.
  • Complaining of pain or cramping in the belly.
  • Having difficulty passing stools.
  • Passing stools that are large, dry or hard.
  • Finding stool in your child's underwear.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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