Constipation in Children

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


Constipation is a common ailment that is experienced by approximately 1 in 3 children. It is defined as having fewer than normal bowel movements and/or hard stools (or faeces).Stools may be painful, difficult to pass, and associated with retention. Constipation can be classified as normal (sometimes referred to as acute) or chronic. Normal constipation lasts for a brief period (no more than several days), usually due to dietary changes or decreased fluid intake. It can be corrected easily, and symptoms resolve relatively quickly. Chronic constipation lasts longer (usually >1 month). Chronic constipation can be further categorised as functional or organic. It is essential that pharmacists can identify the different types of constipation, counsel on the safe and effective use of non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments, and refer the child to other health professionals as needed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-42
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Pharmacist
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


Dive into the research topics of 'Constipation in Children'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this