What is the first-line therapy for constipation in children?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The first-line therapy remains dietary manipulation, with increased fluid intake and increased ingestion of fiber, whether via natural sources such as fruits and vegetables or via supplements containing more purified forms of fiber (eg, wheat germ, psyllium, methylcellulose, and malted barley extract). These may be mixed with liquids and administered with the help of a child’s feeding bottle. Stool softeners and local care of any anal fissures may be helpful.

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