Long-Term Constipation in Children

David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses long term constipation in children.

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David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses long term constipation in children.
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Featuring Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC

Duration: 2 minutes, 2 seconds

Constipation is more difficult to treat when the child has changes in behavior because of pain and because of soiling.

It does take much longer to treat. Usually, the treatment of chronic constipation takes a lifetime. For children with soiling or stool withholding, we have different treatment stages. To get them to the point that they have a more simple problem, one can cut three or four phases into management of those children.

Since constipation treatment is a long-term process, clearly one needs more than one player and I think that it works well when we have a team. And, the team would be the patient and the child first, and then the dietitian and the family physician.

There is no cure for chronic constipation. So, I think that having a team approach including the child or the patient within the team and going through the different treatment stages and empowering the family to feel free and safe in managing the plan is very important.

If you have questions about long term constipation in children, contact a 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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