Child Constipation: Stool Withholding

David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses stool withholding due to constipation.

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David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses stool withholding due to constipation.
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Featuring Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC

Duration: 1 minute, 28 seconds

Stool withholding is a part of the behavior the child adapts to, trying to avoid the pain that he anticipates to come with defecation.

Children may try to avoid going as much as possible by closing the buttocks, even hanging on to furniture sometimes and trying to straighten the legs to avoid the stool coming through.

There are social issues where the child that is soiling and stool withholding is not very easy to move around, to send to kindergarten, or to go visit. Those are the kind of issues that people will be concerned about; it is not a serious medical problem but it is a major family stressor.

Correcting the constipation and getting the child to move their bowels without pain is the key to reverse the whole problem. There are some good solutions once you collaborate with the family physician and of course with a dietitian who can help change the diet around.

If you have questions about stool withholding, contact your local pediatrician or gastroenterologist.

Presenter: Dr. David Israel, Pediatrician, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Pediatrician

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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