oa Professional Nursing Today - Treating infants and children - an approach to childhood defaecation disorders : primary healthcare

Volume 9, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



Constipation is a chief complaint in 3 - 5% of paediatric outpatient visits and is a problem for about 1 in 6 children at some time. 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.

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