What can cause constipation?

What can cause constipation?image

11 May

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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

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