Constipation is a common problem in children. Children with constipation have stools (also called poops or bowel movements [BMs]) that are hard, dry, and difficult or painful to get out. Some children with constipation have infrequent stools. Although constipation can cause discomfort and pain, it’s usually temporary. If left untreated, symptoms could get worse.

Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about constipation (signs and symptoms, causes, treatment) and how to help your child develop good bowel habits.

Bowel patterns (when and how often stools are passed) vary from child to child just as they do in adults. What’s normal for your child may be different from what’s normal for another child. Most children have BMs 1 or 2 times a day. Other children may have BMs every 2 to 3 days.

Signs and symptoms of constipation may include

Your child may also

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