Introduction and overview to constipation in children
Constipation in children is very common – 1 in 3 children will suffer – but it is often not recognised and even when it is, it is poorly managed. Watch this short video for a clear explanation of constipation which can be used with parents and children.
Recognising the symptoms of constipation
This short video talks about how we can help parents recognise when their child is constipated using the Poo Checker.
We have covered what constipation is, how easily it can happen and how to recognise the signs of constipation in children.
This video goes onto explain the main messages around treating childhood constipation, including:
- Constipation will not go away on its own; children do NOT grow out of it. Treatment is essential.
- Parents might think that treatment includes changing the child’s diet, increasing fluids, getting plenty of exercise or sitting on the toilet more often. HOWEVER, these are all ways to promote a healthy bowel – not treatments for constipation.
- Constipation in children should be treated with laxatives first line, in accordance with NICE guidance.
So, what should families be advised to do? Watch this video to find out.
How to use macrogol laxatives
This video advises how to use macrogol laxatives. First – how do macrogol laxatives work? Secondly, how much laxative should be given? And lastly, how do we encourage children to take the laxatives? Watch and share this video to help empower parents to manage macrogol laxatives effectively for their children.
Keeping bowels healthy and getting poo in the loo
This is the last in the video series and talks about how to keep bowel healthy and getting the poo in the loo (potty training). Check it out for tips, tricks and lots of resources.
Managing constipation in children with a learning disability
The prevalence of constipation is much higher in children with additional needs – this video outlines why that may be and how to manage constipation in children with a learning disability.