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What causes constipation in a toddler?

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Posted on Sat, 7 Jun 2014
Question: My son is 15 months old is constipated for last 2 months. He is passing hard stools with great difficulty. we consulted the doctors also for advice. They suggested high fibre rich food with low external milk with medicine "Looz". Intermittently problem is resolving but appears again. Could you please advice for parmanent resolution ?
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Answered by Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
To rule out local anal pathology by good examinati

Detailed Answer:
Namasthe
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Majority of the cause of constipation in children is related to diet factors. Its more common among those children who have the following
1. Diet mainly consists of milk based feeds
2. Decreased intake of water
3. improper weaning diet

I would suggest you the following which will definitely help

1. Reassessment of symptoms by Pediatric Surgeon: Who would like to rule out fissure in anus or Hirschsprung's disease or anal fissure as cause of symptoms
2. Ensuring adequate intake of water: One cup of plain water 1 hour before and one hour after feeds will ensure adequate intake of water which will help in making the consistency of stools soft
3. High fiber diet: 2 serving of vegetable salad and citrus fruits a day will be very helpful in ensuring adequate fiber intake
4. Avoid foods containing maida(refined wheat flour): Bakery stuffs like chocolates, bread, biscuits are also important factors in constipation in children
5. Follow rule of 1: 1 cup (small) of water 1 hour before meals and 1 cup 1 hour after every meals. Following this will ensure adequate intake of water in children.
6. Hot Seitz bath: In a tub of lukewarm water add handful of common table salt. Make the baby sit in out after oil massage( massage with oil and also stimulate the anal region while giving massage) for 15 minutes followed by which you can bath the child



In case you need any further assistance, will be glad to assist you.

Wishing you happy and healthy life

Take Care

Best Regards
Dr Deepak K K
MBBS,MS,MCH
Consultant Pediatric Surgeon

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What causes constipation in a toddler?

Brief Answer: To rule out local anal pathology by good examinati Detailed Answer: Namasthe Welcome to Healthcare-Magic Greetings of the day Majority of the cause of constipation in children is related to diet factors. Its more common among those children who have the following 1. Diet mainly consists of milk based feeds 2. Decreased intake of water 3. improper weaning diet I would suggest you the following which will definitely help 1. Reassessment of symptoms by Pediatric Surgeon: Who would like to rule out fissure in anus or Hirschsprung's disease or anal fissure as cause of symptoms 2. Ensuring adequate intake of water: One cup of plain water 1 hour before and one hour after feeds will ensure adequate intake of water which will help in making the consistency of stools soft 3. High fiber diet: 2 serving of vegetable salad and citrus fruits a day will be very helpful in ensuring adequate fiber intake 4. Avoid foods containing maida(refined wheat flour): Bakery stuffs like chocolates, bread, biscuits are also important factors in constipation in children 5. Follow rule of 1: 1 cup (small) of water 1 hour before meals and 1 cup 1 hour after every meals. Following this will ensure adequate intake of water in children. 6. Hot Seitz bath: In a tub of lukewarm water add handful of common table salt. Make the baby sit in out after oil massage( massage with oil and also stimulate the anal region while giving massage) for 15 minutes followed by which you can bath the child In case you need any further assistance, will be glad to assist you. Wishing you happy and healthy life Take Care Best Regards Dr Deepak K K MBBS,MS,MCH Consultant Pediatric Surgeon