Constipation is a very common problem in children, it means passing hard stools (faeces), with difficulty, and less often than normal. When it lasts for more than 4 weeks, it is known as “significant constipation”. It is very important to recognize constipation early to prevent it from becoming a long-term problem.
In routine pediatric practice, nearly 10% of children suffering with constipation. It is noted in the very first year of life in 17–40% of cases; 95% cases of constipation are functional and only 5% are due to organic reasons.
Most of children present with passing infrequent hard stools.
Other complaints may be:
Mainly by history taking and clinical examination. Your doctor may go for per rectal examination or maybe ask for tests further, if needed, based on your clinical evaluation.