Constipation is a common problem and can usually be relieved quite easily. Unfortunately, if it is ignored or left untreated intentionally or unintentionally, it can lead to nasty and prolonged complications in the future.

Every child’s pooing pattern is different. Some children will poo twice a day whilst others will go only every other day. It also varies based on the age of the child, especially in the early days. It’s good to know what’s normal and what’s not for your child so you can immediately identify when your child becomes constipated.

 

WHAT'S NORMAL?

Stool Chart

For most bottle-fed babies and older children, their poo should be soft and sausage-like. As for exclusively breastfed babies, on the other hand, should be mustard yellow or slightly green and have a mushy or creamy consistency.

If you are unsure or worried about your baby’s poo, it’s always best to consult a doctor, so it can be accurately diagnosed.

 

WHEN CONSTIPATION BECOMES A SERIOUS ISSUE


 

As common as constipation may be for kids or even adults, not acting or doing anything about it can lead to chronic constipation that subsequently lead to numerous complications in the future.

A couple of years ago, a 16-year-old girl in the UK actually died for not going to the toilet for 8 weeks! According to MedicalDaily.com, Emily Titterington died from a cardiac arrest, which was later discovered to be the result of chronic constipation. This led to the hardening of her faeces which built up inside the colon or rectum that it had distended her organs and compressed her chest cavity.

Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are another nasty side effect with persistent constipation. They are swollen veins that occur around the anal canal and can cause pain when sitting or using the toilet.

Encopresis or soiling, which should not be confused with diarrhoea may have little impact on healthcare provision, but many children and young people experience social, psychological and educational consequences that require prolonged support.

Constipation may even cause fatigue which could be a signal of an underlying cause to another medical problem. Constipation can also cause fatigue due to malnutrition. When the colon is holding onto toxic waste, the body has a harder time absorbing nutrients from food. 

We’re not trying to scare you, but it is important to be aware about how serious constipation can be for a child.

Never wait for constipation to get better by itself – the longer it’s left untreated, the longer it’ll take to get better.


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