What Causes Constipation In Children?

Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses constipation causes.

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Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses constipation causes.
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Featuring Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, Gastroenterologist

Duration: 1 minute

Constipation is very common and the most common cause of it is functional.

Meaning you absorb the water too fast in the bowel and push your contents of the bowel out too slowly. The main constipation treatment is related to the diet and the belief is that most of the time constipation is caused by a diet that is insufficient in fibre.

In addition, water or fluid consumption is very critical and so is physical activity, especially for older people. If you do not move, nothing moves well as they say! In the minority of cases there is an underlying cause of constipation, so it's important to visit your physician for an assessment if you're suffering from chronic constipation.

If you have questions about constipation causes, contact your local physician 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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