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Symptoms of constipation in children include:

  • Several days without normal bowel movements
  • Painful, hard stools that are difficult to pass
  • Unusual postures and movements, such as standing on tiptoes or appearing to be dancing (caused by trying to hold in a bowel movement)
  • Pain or bloating in the abdomen
  • Soiled underwear caused by leaking from fecal impaction (stool is trapped in the colon). This may look like diarrhea.
  • Urinary incontinence (leaking urine) because stool in the colon is pressing against the bladder
  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Poor appetite
  • Unusually cranky behavior
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