What causes constipation in children and what are potential complications?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Constipation is frequently diet-related in children, particularly in toddlers who are being switched from formula feeds to milk. Small children are especially liable to experience constipation that is more prolonged. This is associated with painful bowel movements caused by an acute anal fissure, which forces the child to avoid bowel movements. [48]

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