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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.

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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 & 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 214 4591 or via email at 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.

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