When to seek medical advice

Consult your doctor if your child:

  • Has constipation that is severe or lasts more than two weeks
  • Regularly experiences pain with bowel movements
  • Often has fecal stains on his or her underwear
  • Has alternating episodes of constipation and diarrhea

Also, talk to your doctor if your child's constipation is associated with:

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Bloody stools
  • Cracks in skin around the anus
  • Fever
  • Weight loss


Find possible causes of constipation based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.

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