Constipation, Paediatrics

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Abstract

Constipation is a common complaint in infants and children. The aetiology of constipation is multi-factorial and seldom caused by structural, endocrine or metabolic disease. In many children, constipation is triggered by experience of painful bowel movements, caused by factors such as toilet training, change in routine or diet, stressful events, intercurrent illness or delaying defaecation. 

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