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Know Thy Laxatives: A Parent's Guide to the Successful Management of Chronic Functional Constipation in Infants and Children

Constipation remains one of the most common intestinal problems affecting children – and a source of bewilderment and worry for many parents. Fortunately, most constipation in infants and children is not caused by any serious underlying medical disease. The challenge, therefore, is for parents to manage constipation, guided by an understanding of why their child experiences difficulties when evacuating stool.

Topics: Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fact Sheet

About the Authors

  • Joseph Levy, MD

    Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Children's Hospital of NY-Presbyterian; Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

  • Diana Volpert, MD

    Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Children's Hospital of NY-Presbyterian; Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

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