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All children are different. It may be normal for one not to go for a poo very often, yet another child seems to be going all the time! Try increasing the amount of clear fluids (Water, Squash) as well as encouraging a healthy diet (some Fruit & Veg is a good idea!).
Learn about constipation including causes, treatment and prevent. Watch the video for more expert advice about constipation.
If your child doesn't empty their bowels at least three times a week, and their stools (poo) are often hard and difficult to pass, they may be constipated. Their stools may look like little pellets.
Soiled pants can be another sign of constipation, as soft stools (diarrhoea) may leak around the hard, constipated stools.
Constipation is a very common problem for children. For most children, constipation means passing hard poo (faeces, stools or motions), with difficulty, less often than normal.
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