Constipation in children: Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Ferrara, Lucille R.; Saccomano, Scott J.

Nurse Practitioner . 42(7):30-34, July 15, 2017.

Deviation from normal bowel function in the pediatric population is often a cause for concern for parents and caregivers, prompting numerous visits to a primary care provider. Constipation is a common and challenging issue in children that can have an adverse impact on their psychosocial and emotional well-being as well as quality of life. This article provides practical strategies for diagnosing, treating, and preventing constipation in children.