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Constipation

Definition

Constipation refers to bowel movements that are infrequent and/or hard to pass.

Constipation is a symptom with many causes and either comes from an obstruction in the bowel or a very slow mobility of the gastrointestinal tract. Because constipation is a symptom, not a disease, effective treatment may require first determining the cause.


After birth, most infants pass 4-5 soft liquid bowel movements a day. Breast-fed infants usually tend to have more motion compared to formula-fed infants. Some breast-fed infants have a motion after each feed, whereas others have only one every 2–3 days. Infants who are breast-fed rarely develop constipation.

By the age of two years, a child will usually have 1–2 bowel movements per day.

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