Bowel and bladder problems often go hand in hand, which is why Children’s Urology has partnered with Austin pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Anees Siddiqui to provide the most comprehensive treatment for your child, in one location.
What is Constipation?
Constipation is common among children and accounts for 3-5% of all visits to the pediatrician.
Most children have what’s called functional constipation, which means it’s not anatomical or caused by a disease. This generally means having fewer than three bowel movements a week or having bowel movements that are hard, dry and small, making them painful or difficult to pass.
Signs of Chronic Constipation:
- Having irregular stools or stools that are difficult to pass
- Toilet trained but having stool incontinence (stool accidents)
- Having painful bowel movements
- Failure to respond to the initial constipation treatment plan
- Avoiding or refusing to have bowel movements
- Encopresis, or the uncontrolled leaking of stool into the underwear
Please also note that some children can have daily bowel movements and still have stool accidents or encopresis if they do not totally empty when defecating. This may indicate chronic constipation.
How Will Children’s Urology GI/Constipation Care Clinic Help?
Our team at the Combined Care Clinic can provide important education and helpful strategies for chronic constipation, including:
- Family education
- Clean-out procedures (enemas and oral laxatives)
- Maintenance medications
- Diet modifications
- Assistance developing a behavioral plan tailored to your child and family
- Training in behavioral strategies to increase your child’s cooperation
- Dr. Anees Siddiqui – Pediatric Gastroenterologist
- Dr. Leslie McQuiston – Pediatric Urologist
- Amanda Ramos Hodge, CPNP
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