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Learn the causes of children suffering from constipation

The problem of constipation is one of the digestive problems that is common even in children, and constipation in this case is the child's suffering from a decrease in the number of times of normal bowel movement during the day, compared to his usual, and in this context it is indicated that the number of normal bowel movements varies during One day is from one child to another, and accordingly, changes beyond the normal situation may be relied upon to diagnose constipation, and in general, a child is considered constipated if the total number of bowel movements during one week does not exceed three times, and it is worth noting that constipation may be accompanied by With a set of other symptoms, such as if the consistency of the stool that the child excreted is hard and has a large size, and the difficulty in passing the stool or feeling pain at that, and there are many reasons leading to the occurrence of constipation in children, including Training children at an early age to use the toilet instead of wearing diapers, and to make changes in the child's diet.

Causes of constipation in children:

Among the reasons that lead to constipation in children, we mention the following:

Water and fiber help the intestine to carry out its natural movement, and not eating enough fiber and not drinking enough water may lead to constipation, and following a diet that contains large amounts of processed foods, cheeses, white bread, bagel bread, and meat It may lead to constipation, and it is worth noting that eating large amounts of dairy products. Like cow's milk, it may cause a child to suffer from constipation. Especially if he has an allergy to cow's milk.

Tension and psychological stress:

There is a lot of research that stress and emotional disorders play a role in affecting bowel function, and this may lead to suffering from some disorders. Such as constipation and diarrhea, and therefore it can be said that the occurrence of constipation in some children may be related to their exposure to stress and anxiety resulting from the passage of a new event in their lives; And moving to a new school or having some family problems, and the use of certain types of drugs such as anti-depressants, and some drugs used to treat iron deficiency in the body.

A change in the child's routine:
 the changes that occur in the child's life are greatly reflected in their general health, and this includes the impact of these changes in their bowel functions, including constipation, and examples of changes that may occur in the child's life and affect their general health are traveling, and wading. Troubled experiences, living in an area with a hot climate.

 Lack of exercise:

Exercise has an effective role in promoting the movement of digested food through the intestines, and therefore the lack of exercise of the child for many reasons, including lack of time to perform it may lead to constipation, and therefore it is advised not to spend long hours in front of the TV screen, or to sit for a long time as a result of being preoccupied with electronic games.

 Busy children:

The body naturally sends some signals that stimulate the person to go to the bathroom when there is a need for that, but, the child may not pay any attention to these signals due to their preoccupation with playing, which leads to them forgetting to go to the bathroom, and thus suffering from the problem of constipation or increased It got worse.

 Potty training problems:

Where you must choose the most appropriate age to start training the child to use the bathroom instead of wearing diapers, as starting this early may result in the child restraining himself from passing stool as a form of rebellion against the parents, and the continuation of this may result in the situation turning into an involuntary habit quickly, This makes it a difficult problem to change.

To refrain from going to the bathroom:

There are many reasons that may lie behind the child restraining himself from going to the bathroom, including: Avoidance of pain associated with passing stool; Especially if the stool is hard and dry, or in cases of nappy rash, or their refusal to go to the bathroom may be due to the child's desire to continue playing and their unwillingness to temporarily resume it to go to the bathroom, or the child suffers from some problems related to independence and control; This usually occurs in children aged 2-5 years, and some children may refrain from using the bathroom when they are outside the home, and this is usually related to their feeling embarrassed about using public bathrooms, or not feeling comfortable while using them.