May 10, 2022
“Constipation is a condition in which the infant, child, or adolescent has infrequent bowel movements. An average is to define constipation when there are less than 3 stools per week, or when the stool causes pain or is difficult to evacuate. It is a frequent problem in the medical consultation and can go unnoticed by the family”, says Dr. José Luis Gonzales, pediatric gastroenterologist at our clinic.
The manifestations of constipation may be due to the patient’s age:
In early childhood, stools may occur at intervals and cause concern in the family, despite the presence of loose stools. In older children, it manifests with spaced and/or hard stools. It may also be accompanied by abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and rectal bleeding.
Important elements to consider:
Preventive measures to avoid constipation:
It is important to talk with your pediatrician about your child’s rate of evacuation and the characteristics of his/her stool. As he/she grows up and goes to the bathroom alone, talk to him/her about his/her bowel habits, as it is very easy for constipation to go unnoticed by parents at this stage, if it does not cause discomfort (rectal bleeding, flatulence, abdominal pain, etc.).
Dr. José Luis Gonzales
Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma