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Constipation is the term used to describe when there is difficulty in emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened faeces or soiling (stools or motions).

The Health Visiting team can give you help and advice about both treating and preventing constipation in your child. Sometimes a child needs more specialised assistance – the team can assist you in referring your child to our Bladder and Bowel service for further help.

Please also take a look at the website links in the useful links and resources section for advice and helpful suggestions about how to manage constipation.

Is my child drinking enough?

Children should try to drink six to eight glasses of water-based drinks per day (one glass is approximately 250ml). They need enough fluids to keep the bowel movements soft and regular.

Does my child have enough fibre in their diet?

Eating enough fibre is very important in ensuring your child’s bowels stay comfortable and they are able to go to the toilet easily. This means eating five portions of fruit or vegetables per day.

Are they comfortable/safe sitting on the toilet?

Consider whether they need a child’s toilet seat and a stool to feel safe?