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Constipation is a common problem in children of all ages. A child with constipation may have bowel movements less frequently than normal, hard bowel movements, or large, difficult, and painful bowel movements.During the first week of life, infants pass approximately four soft or liquid bowel movements per day (generally more in breast- compared with bottle-fed infants).During the first three months of life, breastfed infants have about three soft bowel movements per day. Some breastfed infants have a bowel movement after each feeding, whereas others have only one bowel movement per week. Infants who breastfeed are rarely constipated.

An infant who is constipated typically has bowel movements that look hard or pellet-like. The infant may cry while trying to move his or her bowels. The infant may have bowel movements less frequently than before. You may be worried that your infant is constipated if your child looks like he or she is straining. Because infants have weak abdominal muscles, they often strain during a bowel movement, causing their face to appear red.If your child has fewer bowel movements than usual or complains of pain during a bowel movement, he or she may be constipated. For example, a child who normally has one to two bowel movements every day may be constipated if he or she has not had a bowel movement in two days

 Constipation is a symptom not the diagnosis. we need to find out cause of constipation for appropriate treatment . If home treatment is not helpful, talk to your child's Gastroenterologist.

Dr.YOGESH WAIKAR

PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGIST & HEPATOLOGIST

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