Your child may be constipated if:21
Common causes include:
In much rarer cases, constipation may be caused by a medical condition.21If your child is potty trained, soiled pants can be a sign of constipation, as softer stools can leak around hard, constipated stools. Sometimes, constipated children ignore the natural urge to go to the toilet, this is called ‘withholding’. This can make constipation even worse, so it’s important that you get help early. Talk to your doctor if you think your child is constipated.30
If you think your child is constipated, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. If your child is constipated for a long time, it can take longer to get back to normal so it’s important to get things under control.30 In the meantime, simple lifestyle changes may help:21,30
Constipation is a common condition and there are plenty of treatment options available, but speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.