What are the signs and symptoms of constipation?
Children who are constipated can show a variety of behavioral and physical symptoms. They include:
- Hiding in the corner, turning red in the face, crying, screaming, shaking and crossing their legs to keep from passing stool. Parents often mistake this behavior as trying to have a bowel movement when in fact the child is trying to withhold a bowel movement.
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Passage of dry, hard stools
- Skipping days between stools
- Passage of stool that clogs the toilet
- Passage of stool that causes a tear in the anus called a fissure. Blood is usually seen on the toilet tissue.
- An appetite that varies between being very small to very large
- Leakage of stool in the underwear (sometimes this is mistaken for diarrhea)
- Recurrent urinary tract infections