If your child is con­sti­pated

Daily Trust - - HEALTH -

Con­sti­pa­tion among chil­dren of­ten isn’t worth wor­ry­ing about, and re­solves on its own. But you shouldn’t ig­nore signs that the prob­lem may be se­ri­ous, and that your child should be ex­am­ined by a doc­tor.

The Univer­sity of Michi­gan Health Sys­tem says these symp­toms should be eval­u­ated by a pe­di­a­tri­cian:

If con­sti­pa­tion per­sists longer than one week. If there is blood in the child’s stool. If the child de­vel­ops hem­or­rhoids. If a bowel move­ment be­comes very painful.

If the child leaks soft stools or liq­uid be­tween bowel move­ments.

If con­sti­pa­tion is ac­com­pa­nied by vom­it­ing.

If the child’s belly is swollen.

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