Constipation is a very common problem in kids. Common culprits are diet, not enough fluids or a lack of physical activity.
But when it comes to toddlers, this finicky bunch may ignore the urge to go because they don’t want to stop playing a fun game or they are afraid of toilets, causing the stool to back up in their colon.
“Constipation is usually caused by stool staying too long in your colon,” said Dr. Emma Raizman, a pediatrician at Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics in Medina. “What happens is the colon seeps out all the water that’s in the stool, so it makes it very hard to push out.”
A bowel movement less than twice a week, dry, hard stools that are difficult to pass or the ever-popular “poop dance” are sure signs that your toddler may be dealing with constipation.
Abdominal pain and blood in the stool could be signs of a more serious condition. If you notice these symptoms or your child has been constipated for more than 2 weeks, seek advice from her pediatrician.
The good news is more often than not constipation is caused by a problem that’s easy to solve. Dr. Raizman discusses ways to recognize constipation and treat this common condition in this Children’s Channel video.