It is common for parents to become concerned about their children’s bowel action, but knowing what your child’s normal toileting pattern is will help if a problem arises.
If your child’s bowel habits change and they ‘poo’ less often than normal or have difficulty or pain when trying to go to the toilet, then they may be constipated.
If you have these concerns you should seek advice from your doctor.
Here is a checklist to help you identify whether constipation is the problem; does your child have:
Constipation can cause more general symptoms such as:
There are several things that can cause constipation. The most common of these are:
It’s important to treat any signs of constipation early. Once it has become painful for your child to pass stools, he may not try to pass them, which in turn will cause further constipation and more pain.
If he becomes very constipated he may lose the sensation of wanting to open his bowels altogether. If constipation is a problem, it may need to be treated with medication.
Your doctor will be able to advise you about the most appropriate treatment.