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Constipation in Children: A Handy Guide

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7. Withholding

Withholding stool is one of the most common reasons for childhood constipation. It may be because he or she does not want to take a break from play or is afraid of going to the toilet. This may cause pain while emptying the bowels later, which in turn, will lead to more frequent episodes of withholding.

Sometimes, they may also withhold when they out because they are not comfortable with public toilets.

8. Toilet training

Beginning toilet training sooner than usual or later than normal can also cause the child to hold in the stool. However, if it becomes a battle of wills, then it will be tough to change since it can quickly become an involuntary habit.


Other than having less than 3 bowel movements in a week, other signs and symptoms may include:

● Stomach pain

● Pain while pooping

● Traces of stool in your child's underwear

● Stool that is hard, dry and hence, difficult to pass

● Blood in the stool

Visit a Doctor

While it isn't usually serious, constipation in children can be a symptom of other underlying conditions as well. If these symptoms last for more than 2 weeks, then you should take your child to a doctor. You should also keep an eye out for the following symptoms in your child and visit a doctor as soon as you can if a few or more are present:

● Fever

● Loss of appetite

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