Over the counter: Constipation in children

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Abstract

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, see Diagnosis). Chronic constipation can be further categorised as functional or organic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-42
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Pharmacist
Volume40
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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