Bowel problems: FAQs

Answers to common questions about children's bowel problems covering constipation, faecal soiling, laxative treatment and children with additional needs. Read more

What is constipation?

Constipation is the most common bowel problem in children, but what is it exactly? We explain what childhood constipation is and how the bowel works. Read more

Causes of constipation

Find out why children get constipated and how to spot if an underlying illness could be the reason. Read more

Signs of constipation

These common signs of childhood constipation will help you spot if your child is constipated or stool withholding. Read more

How to prevent constipation in children

Top tips on how to maintain healthy bowels and stop children from developing constipation. Read more

Further help for managing children's constipation

Help for managing childhood constipation from health professionals, ERIC’s helpline and other families plus links to useful resources. Read more

How to treat constipation

Childhood constipation is treatable. The earlier it’s recognised, the easier it is to treat. Find out how laxatives, diet, toilet routine & anal irrigation help. Read more