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Gastroenterol Nurs. 1998 Jul-Aug;21(4):156-61.

Increasing oral fluids in chronic constipation in children.

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Creighton University, Omaha, NE, USA.


Increasing the amount and type of fluid intake in children with simple constipation remains a common intervention recommended by both the medical profession and lay consumers. Efforts to increase overall water intake and/or high osmolarity liquid intake have no research or physiological basis that would result in softer and/or more frequent stools. The purpose of this project was to identify whether an effect on stooling characteristics would be noted with a concerted effort to increase liquid intake.

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