Constipation is defined as either a decreased frequency of bowel movements or painful passage of bowel movements. Children 1–4 years of age typically have a bowel movement 1–4 times a day.
Constipation is defined as either a decreased frequency of bowel movements or painful passage of bowel movements. Children 1–4 years of age typically have a bowel movement 1–4 times a day. If not daily, more than 90% of children go at least every other day, although these children may be constipated. When children are constipated for a long time, they may begin to soil their underwear. This fecal soiling is involuntary – the child has no control over it.
Constipation is common in children of all ages, especially during potty training and school years. Of all visits to the pediatrician, 3% are in some way related to constipation. At least 25% of visits to a pediatric gastroenterologist are due to problems with constipation. In addition, millions of prescriptions are written every year for laxatives and stool softeners.
The NASPGHAN Foundation is pleased to provide these constipation resources.
The Poo in You Video
Managing Constipation – Video the Poo in You The Poo in You is a wonderful video if your child is having problems with soiling accidents. This interactive, animated video explains what causes the accidents, why they happen so often, and how it can be treated. If your child is having problems with soiling accidents (also known as encopresis, “poo accidents,” “poo-ing” in pants), you’re certainly not alone. This is one of the most common problems seen by both pediatric GI and primary care providers. Watch the video, developed by Becky Kendall, NP, supported by an educational grant from the NASPGHAN Foundation.