Davina Richardson, June Rogers
Journal of Health Visiting, Vol. 5, Iss. 11, 15 Nov 2017, pp 544 - 546

Constipation in infants and young children is a common
problem, and health visitors have a key role to play in early
identification and treatment, to prevent it from becoming
chronic with the development of faecal impaction. In 2014,
the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
published quality standards with clear recommendations
on the assessment and treatment of constipation in children,
recommending the use of macrogols as first-line therapy.
This article will give an overview of the common causes
of constipation in children aged 0-5 years and discuss
management of the problem and associated problems, such as
stool withholding, as outlined in the NICE recommendations.

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