Constipation in children
Childhood constipation is typically characterised by infrequent bowel evacuations, large stools, and difficult or painful defecation. Symptoms may result from low fibre, poor nutrient, and/or insufficient water intake, which leads to excessive hardening of the stool. This often starts as an acute problem but can progress to faecal impaction and chronic constipation. Claire Zar-Kessler, Instructor in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Boston gives us a clinical overview of the condition. Please always check the licensed indications for medications in your own country. For more on constipation in children, visit BMJ Best Practice: bestpractice.bmj.com/topics/en-gb/784 - The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. The content of this podcast does not constitute medical advice and it is not intended to function as a substitute for a healthcare practitioner’s judgement, patient care or treatment. The views expressed by contributors are those of the speakers. BMJ does not endorse any views or recommendations discussed or expressed on this podcast. Listeners should also be aware that professionals in the field may have different opinions. By listening to this podcast, listeners agree not to use its content as the basis for their own medical treatment or for the medical treatment of others.