Constipation in Children: A Practical Review

Pediatr Ann. 2016 May 1;45(5):e189-96. doi: 10.3928/00904481-20160323-01.


Pediatricians and other child care providers manage a large number of children with constipation, a recurrent medical problem that is frustrating to patients, their care givers, and the health care providers themselves. Most often the constipation in children is functional in nature, and only a very small percentage of patients have an organic cause for it. In this review, we discuss the epidemiology, causes, evaluation, and management of children with functional constipation. [Pediatr Ann. 2016;45(5):e189-e196.].

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Constipation / etiology*
  • Constipation / therapy
  • Disease Management
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics