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Complications of constipation in children include:

  • Fecal impaction (hard stool packs the intestine and rectum too tightly to push out)
  • Anal fissures (small tears in the anus that cause bleeding, itching or pain)
  • Rectal prolapse (the rectum sticks out of the anus)
  • Encopresis (inability to control passage of stool, which leads to stool accidents)
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