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Gastroenterology clinic

Constipation in children

PEARL CHAN, CHENG HIANG LEE

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Abstract

Constipation in children is usually functional, but it is important to seek red flags and rule out any underlying medical condition. Management of functional constipation includes encouraging a healthy diet and toileting routine as well as medical therapy to disimpact and then help to maintain regular defaecation of soft stool. 

Article Extract

Constipation is a common problem in children of all ages.1 Defined as a delay or difficulty in defaecation that is present for two weeks or longer, constipation can cause significant distress to the child and their family.1 Here we review the topic in the primary care setting.

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