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Indian J Pediatr. 2006 Aug;73(8):697-701.

Constipation in children.

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  • 1Indiana University School of Medicine, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5225, USA.


Constipation is a common problem throughout the world. It occurs in about 10-20% of adults in Western Countries and 0.3% to 28% of children worldwide. Most childhood constipation results from intentional withholding of stool following a painful experience with defecation. Thus, an extensive evaluation is often not necessary in a child presenting with constipation. Treatment should include education, evacuation of the rectum with oral or rectal laxatives if an impaction is present, laxatives to ensure soft stools and behavior modification.

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