Constipation offered in Irvine, Eastvale and Corona, CA

Constipation causes your child to have fewer than three bowel movements each week. Many children have constipation from time to time, but if their symptoms persist, it might indicate an underlying health issue that needs to be addressed. At American Pediatrics, with offices in Corona, Eastvale, and Irvine, California, the experienced team offer effective treatments and compassionate care for children who are ill and suffering from constipation. Call the nearest office or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online today. Same-day sick visits and after hours care are both available.

What is constipation?

Constipation is a gastrointestinal problem that causes children to have infrequent bowel movements. Without proper care, ongoing constipation can negatively affect their quality of life, making it challenging to exercise, work, or spend time with their friends. 

Common symptoms of constipation include:

  • Having hard or lumpy stools
  • Feeling unable to empty rectum
  • Feeling like there’s a blockage in rectum
  • Straining to have bowel movements

While almost every child experiences constipation, it can be a more serious, underlying health issue if your child experiences symptoms for three months or more. 

What causes constipation?

The leading cause of constipation is slow-moving stools. If your child’s body can’t move waste through their digestive tract properly, it can become dry and hard, making it very difficult to pass. 

Other factors that might contribute to constipation include blockages in your child’s rectum or colon, or problems with the nerves surrounding them. 

Is there any way to prevent constipation?

The team at American Pediatrics may recommend at-home treatments in addition to medical care (if necessary). 

Your child’s treatment plan may include:

  • Regular exercise
  • Managing their stress levels
  • Making sure they get a balanced, high-fiber diet
  • Making sure they drink plenty of water and regularly keep hydrated
  • Establishing a routine schedule for bowel movements

If your child experiences the urgent need to go use the bathroom, you shouldn’t ignore it. Waiting too long might increase their risk of constipation.

How is constipation diagnosed?

To diagnose constipation, the team at American Pediatrics reviews your child’s medical history, asks about their symptoms and lifestyle habits, and performs a physical exam.

If your child is experiencing ongoing constipation, they might also order an abdominal X-ray, colonoscopy, or blood tests. 

How is constipation treated?

American Pediatrics recommends holistic treatments to manage your child’s constipation and improve their overall health. For example, they might recommend lifestyle changes. 

Or, in some cases, your child might need prescription stool softeners or medications that draw water into their intestines for smoother bowel movements. If your child’s constipation is due to a blockage, surgery might be necessary. 

To further explore treatment options for constipation, call American Pediatrics or book an appointment online today.