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Causes of constipation in children


Constipation is a common problem. The causes of a childís constipation may not always be clear, but may include:

If a child is drinking too much milk and not getting enough solids, the lack of fibre can cause constipation.
A tear in the skin next to the anus (called an anal fissure), will make the child try to hold on for longer because it may hurt to go to the toilet.
Some children ignore the urge to go to the toilet because they are too busy playing.
Some children hold back when they are being toilet trained.
Some children donít want to use school or preschool toilets for various reasons, such as lack of privacy or a smelly toilet.
The child may not be getting enough exercise.


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