Knowing when your tot's constipated-
How you will know if your toddler is constipated
If your toddler doesn't have a bowel movement (poop) every day, do not worry. Not having a bowel movement every day is not constipation. If he goes longer than a couple of days without pooping, and then passes hard, dry stools, that's evidence he's constipated.
- Symptoms of toddler constipation are:
- abdominal or bottom pain with or before a bowel movement
Painful defecation and constipation can lead to stool withholding and soiling of underwear (encopresis) when stools leak around the harder poop.
- Constipation can be caused by a number of factors including:
It's important to monitor your toddler's diet, especially he or she is learning to use the toilet.
Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN
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