Journal article

Paediatric constipation for general paediatricians: Review using a case-based and evidence-based approach

Rishi Bolia, Mark Safe, Bridget R Southwell, Sebastian K King, Mark R Oliver

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Constipation is a common problem in childhood. The most common type of constipation is functional, accounting for 90-95% of all cases. The aim of this review is to provide clinical scenarios with treatment using evidence-based information, and management strategies and a clinical algorithm to guide the management of constipation in children. Recent guidelines and online information sites are detailed. Clinical red flags and organic causes of constipation are included. Four clinical scenarios are presented: case (1) 4-month-old child with constipation since birth and likely Hirschsprung disease; case (2) 6-month-old infant with infant dyschezia; case (3) 4-year old with functional constipatio..

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