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

Constipation in children

Constipation in children is not uncommon, and sometimes related to diet or poor bowel habits. Find other possible causes of constipation based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your child's symptom.

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