A to Z: Constipationenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-KH-AZ-Dictionary-enHD.jpgConstipation -- having fewer and harder bowel movements (poops) than usual -- is rarely due to a serious condition.bowel movements, constipation, constipated, can't poop, BMs, bowels, poop, pooping, stool, fiber, going to the bathroom, can't go, backed up, a to z, symptoms, CD1Primary Care, CD1Gastroenterology01/24/201303/25/201909/02/2019279b79d2-1bf9-4cea-a7fb-a1efdab3cef9https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-constipation.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/constipation.html/">Constipation</a> means having fewer and harder bowel movements (poops) than usual.</p> <h3 id="a_More_to_Know">More to Know</h3> <p style="font-size: 12px;">Constipation is when:</p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em;">Someone has fewer than three bowel movements in a week.</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em;">The poop is hard, dry, and very large.</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em;">It's difficult to poop.</span></li> </ul> <p><img title="illustration" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/constipationA-415x233-enIL.png" alt="illustration" name="5171-CONSTIPATIONANAT_A_ENIL.PNG" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em; background-color: transparent;">Constipation is not usually a sign of something serious. Common reasons kids get constipated are:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em;"><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em;">not having enough fluids and fiber </span> in the diet</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em;">too little exercise</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em;">not fully emptying the bowel when pooping</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em; background-color: transparent;">People who are constipated might have belly pain and a hard time pooping. They might see a bit of blood on the toilet paper after wiping because straining to pass a hard stool can crack the skin of the anus.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em; background-color: transparent;">Some kids might get constipated because of changes in routine. They might be worried or stressed about a new situation. For example, kids who start a new school may feel nervous about using a new bathroom. Constipation can also be a side effect of some medicines.</span></p> <p>Constipation usually goes away on its own when kids drink enough fluids, eat high-fiber foods, and get enough exercise. Kids should also learn to go to the toilet when they feel the urge and not try to hold in a bowel movement.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Sometimes, bad constipation can be a sign a child has a health problem. Call your doctor if constipation lasts more than a week or a child also has bad belly pain or throws up.</p> <p><em style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em; background-color: transparent;">All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
ConstipationConstipation is a very common problem that usually happens because a person's diet doesn't include enough fluids and fiber. In most cases, making simple changes can help you feel better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/constipation.html/081f841e-c4c9-493e-a8df-160a60905046
FiberSome of the best and most delicious foods have loads of fiber. Find out how to get your fill of fiber!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/fiber.html/a5716fac-058e-4be8-8fec-12c3a6468ccb
First Aid: ConstipationConstipation is when a child has fewer bowel movements than usual. Ease constipation with the three Fs: fluid, fiber, and fitness.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/constipation-sheet.html/9a791385-08b0-46c8-9e76-e0076a9891a4
How Can I Tell if My Baby Is Constipated?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/constipated.html/27878ead-7912-445c-a0a1-44bf36553c1d
StomachachesUgh. Bellyaches. Find out what causes tummy trouble in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/abdominal-pain.html/2f422a06-b7a6-41f4-86b4-74e00ebf019a
Word! ConstipationSometimes your bowel movements - you know, the stuff inside your intestines we call poop - might be hard and dry.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-constipation.html/5cebfcb0-4c21-4963-b2c3-4b96e5e8084d
Word! FiberFoods with fiber are really good for you and your bowels!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-fiber.html/97162a90-daae-4f67-b270-e66adf6addd7
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