Can occur if your child is not eating enough high-fiber foods, drinking enough fluids, or getting enough exercise. But in many children, no cause for constipation can be found. Having a bowel movement may have been so painful that the child begins resisting the urge to have a bowel movement. Not having a bowel movement when the urge occurs can lead to constipation.
Your child might be scared of being alone in the bathroom or scared of the toilet. Some children just don't want to stop playing to go to the bathroom.
An illness that leads to poor food intake, physical inactivity, or fever can also result in constipation and stool soiling. This problem can remain after the illness has gone away.
Symptoms of constipation are extreme straining during a bowel movement, abdominal pain and bloating, crankiness, tiredness, loss of appetite between bowel movements, wetting during the day or night, and extreme reluctance to use the toilet.
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