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Children & Young People

Children – Bowel

Bowel problems are common in children and young people of all ages. It is not always obvious what is causing the problem. However, the commonest reason for difficulties is constipation. Constipation can cause lots of different problems. Some of the commoner problems caused by constipation are soiling without the child knowing, delay in toilet training, pain when opening their bowels, reluctance to use the toilet, withholding poos, lots of loose poos or infrequent hard poos, distress and reduced appetite.

Other bowel problems include those that children can be born with, such as Hirschprung’s Disease and anorectal malformations. Some children can get bowel problems because of an intolerance or allergy to a particular food. Children may also develop irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or an inflammatory bowel disease.

0161 607 8219

National Confidential Bladder and Bowel UK helpline

Sometimes, if children have additional needs, their disability may be assumed to be the cause of difficulties with their bowels. Families or professionals may think the problem is emotional or behavioural. However, all children with a bowel problem, including those who have additional needs, should be offered an assessment and treatment as appropriate.

Bladder and Bowel UK provides training packages for professionals and have a variety of information leaflets available to help families, children and professionals understand the problems and options for support and treatment.

We also provide a national confidential helpline: telephone 0161 607 8219 or via email at bladderandboweluk@disabledliving.co.uk. If there is no one available to help you when you call, please do leave your contact details and we will get back to you, although this may not be the same day.

Useful Resources and Information Leaflets

adobe-pdf-icon-vector_219605-e1484841710342 Henny’s success

adobe-pdf-icon-vector_219605-e1484841710342 Macrogols

adobe-pdf-icon-vector_219605-e1484841710342 Talk About Constipation

adobe-pdf-icon-vector_219605-e1484841710342 Understanding childhood constipation leaflet advice for parents and carers

adobe-pdf-icon-vector_219605-e1484841710342 Understanding childhood constipation in Infants and Toddlers

adobe-pdf-icon-vector_219605-e1484841710342  Understanding Anorectal abnormalities – a guide for carers

adobe-pdf-icon-vector_219605-e1484841710342 Understanding Hirschprungs Disease – a guide for parents & carers

adobe-pdf-icon-vector_219605-e1484841710342 Understanding Bowel Training for Children with Hirschsprungs & ARMS

adobe-pdf-icon-vector_219605-e1484841710342 Understanding Toddler Diarrhoea

adobe-pdf-icon-vector_219605-e1484841710342Understanding Toilet refusal the child that will only poo in a nappy

Useful Video links

Childhood Constipation and Soiling Service – Macrogol Laxative



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