Symptoms of Constipation in Children
A child is considered constipated when having a bowel movements with difficulty or less than three times a week. Having hard and dry stool, or having a bowel movement every other day and without difficulty is not already considered constipation.
Constipation is called chronic when it lasts for more than two weeks.
An infant is considered constipated when straining at defecation and having less than one bowel movement in a week..
Symptoms of constipation may include:
- No bowel movements for several days
- Hard and dry pebbly stool that is hard to pass, bright red blood on the surface of the stool
- Poor appetite, nausea
- Abdominal pain or bloating