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Constipation is a common concern among parents of small children. In fact, almost five percent of pediatrician visits are related to constipation and at least 25 percent of visits to pediatric gastroenterology specialists are due to problems with constipation.
“Intractable” constipation is constipation that is prolonged and does not resolve with the usual therapeutic measures. It has usually been present for many years. It requires comprehensive testing and therapy and is one of the areas in which Boston Children’s GI Motility Center specializes. Our world-renowned pediatric gastroenterology team can get to the root of your child’s discomfort and provide access to highly specialized care.
While children may experience symptoms differently, constipation symptoms may include:
In most cases of constipation, there is no specific abnormality. Constipation can be triggered by changes occurring in your child’s life and may not be related to an underlying medical condition. In such cases, causes may include:
Medical conditions and problems that can cause constipation in children include the following:
Most patients with constipation do not need any specific testing. However for intractable patients, our comprehensive team of doctors will conduct sophisticated motility tests to understand exactly how your child’s entire gastrointestinal system is working. These tests may include:
Learn more about our GI motility testing and approach at Boston Children’s.
Our GI motility center tailors treatment plans to meet the varied needs of every child’s unique condition. Once we are able to determine the cause of your child’s constipation, our team of doctors will offer a highly customized approach to treatment that may include:
Learn more about the GI motility treatments we offer.
For an appointment, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please contact the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center at 617-355-6055 or request an appointment online.
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