Your Child Is Constipated – What Should You Do?

Constipation can be an uncomfortable condition that emerges when bowel movements are not occurring with their usual frequency. When this transpires, stools remain in the colon for a longer period of time than normal, and that results in stools becoming dry.

This can make the stools painful and create difficulty in getting them to pass. That can limit the number of bowel movements per week to three or even fewer, which is how constipation is generally defined.

While this health issue is common, it is certainly not a process that anybody prefers to experience. It also has additional ramifications if it takes place with children, and the National Institute of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases has stated that constipation is the cause of nearly one out of every 20 visits to a physician that involve children.

When constipation does develop, it is not only problematic for your son or daughter but is also a source of concern for parents who simply want their child to be free of the discomfort and other symptoms that are involved with this condition.

Causes Of Constipation

There are multiple factors that can cause constipation to transpire. Toilet training can be challenging, and this issue is one of the problems that can emerge. In some cases, your son or daughter may initially decide to avoid using the toilet due to their hesitation in adapting to the new process. That decision can lead to a lingering problem that your child did to intend to create.

Any disruption of your child’s normal routine can create complications, and that can include your son or daughter deciding to abstain due to embarrassment when their only options are using toilets away from home. On other occasions, movements that seem uncomfortable are avoided, which only exacerbates the initial problem.

Certain medications and supplements can also lead to constipation including anything that contains iron. Any modification of your child’s diet might also trigger an issue, which is particularly true for younger children who are switched from all liquid diets to solid foods.

It can also become problematic if your son or daughter is not consuming enough water, or if their diet does not contain a sufficient amount of fiber. A lack of exercise can also contribute to this issue, as can stress during school.

It can be extremely beneficial to have your child consume enough fiber and liquids before constipation develops while making sure that they maintain a regular bathroom routine will also reduce the risk of having any problems arise.

Symptoms Of Constipation

If your child is unable to pass more than three stools during a given week, or if he or she is straining in order to have a bowel movement then these are indications that constipation has emerged. This is also the case if there is pain during attempts to have a bowel movement, blood included in the surface of hard stools, or movements that are difficult to complete. 

If you have a toddler, they can be expected to have an average of one bowel movement each day. If that is not taking place, or if you notice any bloating, nausea, insufficient appetite, that can be an indication that your toddler is dealing with constipation. This is also the case if you notice any irritability or if he or she cries while attempting a bowel movement.

When To Seek Medical Attention

If you believe that your child might be experiencing constipation, there are steps that you can take toward improving the situation. This includes additional fluids and fiber, which were previously mentioned as deterrents before any signs of constipation are present. A reasonable goal in having your child drink more fluids is three to four glasses of water per day.

You can also make sure that additional fiber is included in their diet, which can consist of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Placing limitations on the amount of soda and tea that is consumed daily will also be beneficial.

When to See the Doctor

The aforementioned remedies might not eliminate constipation, and you should call 911 if your child is experiencing extreme abdominal pain, or if he or has a fever, is vomiting, or appears listless in any way.

Otherwise, you should take your child to a physician if the symptoms that are associated with difficulty in attaining bowel movements (lack of movement, strains, pain) linger for several weeks.

What A Doctor Will Do

When you visit a physician, he or she will ask questions in order to collect your child’s medical history and determine specifics about their diet, and involvement in physical activity. In some cases, a physical exam will also occur, and your doctor might recommend laxatives or medications.

If there is a more serious case of constipation, the physician might order X-rays. It is possible that the visit might also include a blood test, a rectal biopsy, and possibly an anorectal manometry test that will measure muscle coordination when attempting to pass a stool.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

If you have any questions or concerns about the potential of constipation with your child, or if you have questions about a health issue of any kind, do not hesitate to contact us. At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

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In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

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Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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