oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Defaecation disorders in children : review

Volume 77, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Constipation is a condition that is difficult to define. It is a common problem occurring in adults and children. Numerous factors can cause constipation in children, including a change in diet and emotional causes. Children with constipation may, however, present with unusual symptoms. Simple advice about sufficient dietary fibre and fluid intake may be all that is needed. Referral to the doctor would be best if these measures are unsuccessful. Diagnosis and treatment of persistent constipation are important to prevent possible complications such as anal fissure, stool withholding and encopresis.

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