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Constipation is a common illness that affects both small infants and older children. It can be a source of pain and embarrassment for the child, and frustration for the parent. In general, we define constipation by pain and effort, instead of duration. For instance, some babies stool every 5th day. This is normal as long as there is no pain associated with the bowel movement (BM). Some babies stool 2 times a day, but have pain associated with it. This is true constipation. Constipation can occur at any time, but usually presents in 2 age groups–shortly after birth and early school years.
Try to stay calm, positive, and understanding. This is not something children decide to do, and therefore punishment is not recommended. Do not give enemas, suppositories, or laxatives unless you are told to do so by your Doctor. Call your Doctor with any further concerns or issues.