Constipation in children is a common, yet painful, condition in which the child has difficulty having bowel movements.
When a child is constipated, a stool stays in their colon for too long. When this happens, the colon absorbs the fluid from the stool, which hardens the stool and makes it difficult to pass.
Children with constipation often experience:
Constipation can occur due to a variety of reasons, including not enough fiber in the child’s diet or side effects from the child’s medication.
American Board of Pediatrics,
American Board of Pediatrics/Gastroenterology