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Constipation in Children and Young People: Diagnosis and Management of Idiopathic Childhood Constipation in Primary and Secondary Care

Constipation in Children and Young People: Diagnosis and Management of Idiopathic Childhood Constipation in Primary and Secondary Care

NICE Clinical Guidelines - National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health (UK)

Version: 2010

Guidance summary

Establish during history-taking whether the child or young person has constipation. Two or more findings from table 1 indicate constipation.

Clinical management

Faecal impaction is a severe constipation with a large faecal mass in either the rectum or the abdomen, and/or overflow soiling. Disimpaction involves the evacuation of impacted faeces using one or more different treatment regimens.

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