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Constipation in children: Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Ferrara, Lucille R. EdD, MS, MBA, FNP-BC, FNYAM, FNAP; Saccomano, Scott J. PhD, RN, GNP-BC

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000520418.32331.6e
Feature: PEDIATRIC CONSTIPATION
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Abstract: 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.

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.

Lucille R. Ferrara is an associate professor at Pace University, College of Health Professions, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pleasantville, N.Y.

Scott J. Saccomano is an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

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