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KIDS CONSTIPATION

CONSTIPATION IS A MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM IN CHILDREN THAT ANYONE KNEW, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

More children seem to be experiencing chronic and serious bouts of constipation, with a 30% increase in visits to Johns Hopkins due to the condition between 2008 and 2009.  Maria Oliva-Hemker, director of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, describes some of the symptoms.

OLIVA-HEMKER: Constipation can cause recurrent abdominal pain, which is probably the biggest complaint that we see in the pediatric population, and the pain can be severe enough that children can be impacted by not going to school, by needing frequent visits to medical care providers, by parents having to stay home because the children are complaining of abdominal pain.  If it gets chronic and more severe children may even get into problems with leakage of stool, which is a problem certainly in and of itself but then starts to have social ramifications for the child.  You can also have children who have increased amount of bedwetting.    :34

Oliva-Hemker says the condition can be successfully treated but must be treated aggressively.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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