Increasing oral fluids in chronic constipation in children

Gastroenterol Nurs. 1998 Jul-Aug;21(4):156-61. doi: 10.1097/00001610-199807000-00002.


Increasing the amount and type of fluid intake in children with simple constipation remains a common intervention recommended by both the medical profession and lay consumers. Efforts to increase overall water intake and/or high osmolarity liquid intake have no research or physiological basis that would result in softer and/or more frequent stools. The purpose of this project was to identify whether an effect on stooling characteristics would be noted with a concerted effort to increase liquid intake.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Carbonated Beverages*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease
  • Constipation / etiology
  • Constipation / nursing*
  • Drinking*
  • Female
  • Fluid Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Osmolar Concentration