Parent’s Guide to Managing Constipation in Children

Learn about the causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment for constipation in kids with Dr. Monica Schwarz Josten.


Monica Schwarz Josten, MD


Approx. 30 minutes


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Children's Health


Constipation is often a cause for concern for parents of young children. In fact, it is estimated that about 5 percent of pediatrician visits and at least 25 percent of visits to pediatric gastroenterologists are due to the issues related to constipation. Though constipation is common, it doesn't make it easy for parents to watch their child deal with painful bowel movements.
Fortunately, most children with constipation do not have an underlying medical problem and constipation generally resolves with changes in diet or behavior or sometimes with medicine.

In this course, a Stanford trained pediatrician Dr. Monica Schwarz Josten discusses symptoms, causes, treatment options for constipation in children and offers tips on how to help your child develop good bowel habits.

What you will learn

  • Common causes of constipation in children
  • Prevention and treatment options
  • Impact of diet, physical activity, toilet training 
  • Home remedies
  • Stool withholding
  • Tips to manage constipation in children
  • When to contact your child's pediatrician

Intended audience

Parents of young children with no significant medical problems.

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Disclaimer: All information contained in this course and its discussion was created for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your health care provider. Always seek the advice of your health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.