Journal article

Treatment of childhood constipation: a synthesis of systematic reviews and meta-analyses

Bridget R Southwell

Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


Introduction: Constipation occurs in many children and can become chronic. Many grow out of it but for one third, it continues into adulthood. For most patients, there is no identifiable organic disorder and it is classified as functional constipation.Areas covered: In 2016, treatment of childhood constipation was extensively reviewed by Rome IV. This review covers meta-analyses and evidence for treatment of paediatric constipation since 2016 and new emerging treatments.Expert opinion: Since 2016, meta-analyses conclude 1) fibre should be included in a normal diet, but further supplementation does not improve constipation; 2) probiotics may increase stool frequency in children, but evidence ..

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