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Korean J Pediatr 2005 April;48(4) :355-362.
Constipation in Children
Jae Young Kim (Kim JY)
Department of Pediatrics, St. Benedict Hospital, Busan, Korea
Corresponding Author: Jae Young Kim ,Email: jykim9@korea.com
Copyright © 2005 by The Korean Pediatric Society
ABSTRACT
Constipation is very common phenomenon during childhood that accounts approximately 3% of general pediatric outpatient visits and up to 25% of visit to the pediatric gastroenterologist. The diagnosis of functional constipation is based on the historical features and absence of physical abnormalities. Most infants and children with chronic constipation require no diagnostic tests. Constipation and subsequent fecal retention behavior often begins soon after experience of painful defecation. The effective management of childhood chronic constipation consist of education, prolonged support by physicians and parents, medications, and long term follow up.
Keywords: Constipation | Children
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