It’s not unusual for children to have difficulty with bowel movements from time to time. Constipation is a common bowel movement disorder in children, ranging from mild to severe. The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, have the experience to treat severe, chronic constipation in kids.
Constipation happens when stool moves too slowly throughout the colon. Fluid in the stool is absorbed by the body, making it hard and potentially difficult to pass.
Causes of constipation can include:
Certain medications can cause constipation, as well as some medical conditions, including:
Constipation often has symptoms that include a child straining to pass hard, dry stool that can look pellet-like. Other signs of constipation can include:
Mild cases of constipation can be handled by your child’s pediatrician. Constipation treatment depends on your child’s age, current health, symptoms and severity of constipation. The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology will work with you and your child to develop a unique care plan.
Treatments can include: