n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - More about : an approach to childhood defaecation disorders

Volume 22, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Extracted from text ... JEANNETTE KRIEL, MB ChB, DCH, DA, MMed (Paed) Senior Specialist: Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein Constipation is a chief complaint in 3 - 5% of paediatric outpatient visits1 and is a problem for about 1 in 6 children at some time.2 There is wide variability in what should be considered normal defaecation frequency in children. The first bowel movement generally occurs within 36 hours after birth in term newborns. It may be delayed in premature infants.1 Functional constipation Outside the neonatal period constipation is generally a functional disorder (i.e. no evidence of ..

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