04 Sep Children’s Constipation – Signs & symptoms
Children’s constipation is a common problem, your child should have one or two bowel movements each day. If your child suffers from bad moods, children’s anxiety, childhood depression or poor immunity, constipation could be an underlying cause.
When your has children’s constipation, food is not being eliminated from their gut and consequently their body has to compact the waste into their large intestine by drawing the water content from the food. This makes the stool hard, dry and painful to pass creating a fearful situation where they hold on for as long as possible making the next bowel movement another terrifying experience. Most childhood constipation has no underlying medical condition and are often labelled as having functional children’s constipation or acquired megacolon.
Other types of children’s constipation is they have regular bowel movements but the stool looks like ribbon, coming out in thin strips. This type of stool is what we call an overspill, the bowel is so compacted with faeces that a passage is created to remove the squishy stuff in the middle. “Rabbit poo” is another common type of childhood constipation where small only pellets are passed and the bulk of stool is compacted and stuck to the gut lining.
Signs & Symptoms of Constipation includes:
- ✅ Infrequent, difficult passage of stools (less than three to four times a week)
- ✅ Stools are harder than normal, possibly impacted
- ✅ Mucous in the stool
- ✅ Children’s Bloating
- ✅ Abdominal distension
- ✅ Straining during bowel movement
- ✅ Feeling of incomplete bowel movement