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Up to 10% of children will be constipated at any given time. Other factors include the following:

  • Constipation is slightly more common in boys.
  • Children who have developmental delays, behavioral issues or problems affecting the anus or rectum may suffer from chronic (long-term) constipation.
  • Older children and teens may become constipated if their diet does not include enough high-fiber foods and water.
  • Children who are at toilet training-age may be holding in their stool.


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