Constipation is a common childhood problem, with both somatic and psychological effects. The goal of treatment is to produce soft, painless stools and to prevent reaccumulation of faeces. This CPS position statement suggests that education, behavioural modification, daily maintenance stool softeners and dietary modification are all important components of therapy. Referral to a gastroenterologist should be made in refractory cases or when there is a suspicion of organic pathology.
Reaffirmed: Feb 1 2014