The most common causes for constipation are: too little natural fibre in the diet (fruit and vegetables), and not enough fluid intake. Sometimes constipation can follow a diarrhoea’ illness or during travelling and being away from home. Excessive milk intake in an older child may also contribute to constipation.
Rarely, constipation can be a sign of other problems such as bowel obstruction, food allergies, coeliac disease etc.
Signs to look out for when your child has constipation, that should raise concerns:
- A newborn or young baby with constipation
- Distended abdomen
- Vomiting, especially if the vomit has a greenish colour
- Your child appears unwell