General Medical Questions

Symptons of Constipation

Symptoms of constipation may include the following:
• Many days without normal bowel movements
• Hard stools that are difficult or painful to pass
• Abdominal pain (stomachaches, cramping, nausea)
• Rectal bleeding from tears called fissures
• Soiling
• Poor appetite
• Cranky behavior

You also may notice your child crossing her legs, making faces, stretching,
clenching her buttocks, or twisting her body on the floor. It may look like your
child is trying to push the stool out but instead she's really trying to hold it in.

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There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.