Children's Hospital Colorado

Constipation Management (S4:E35)

Constipation is one of the most common reasons for referral to pediatric gastroenterologists, though patients are often reluctant to discuss the problem. Treating constipation in children can improve patients’ and families’ quality of life.

Listen to pediatric experts discuss constipation in kids

In this episode, Kerry Reed, NP, joins us to discuss constipation management. Kerry is a nurse practitioner in the Digestive Health Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado and is Senior Instructor of Pediatrics, Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

In this episode, our experts discuss:

  • Importance of patient history in constipation management
  • What withholding behaviors look like and how withholding impacts constipation
  • Physical exams in children with constipation
  • Relevance of dietary changes
  • Laxative management
  • Coordination of care between pediatricians and GI specialists
  • Management of soiling and chronic constipation
  • Management of constipation in children with ADHD or behavioral challenges
  • Use of stimulant laxatives
  • Constipation and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Role of biofeedback and physical therapy

Treatment of digestive disorders at Children’s Colorado

The Digestive Health Institute at Children’s Colorado provides high-quality, comprehensive care from board-certified experts in digestive disorders. Our nationally recognized specialists treat serious and complex conditions as well as common childhood GI problems such as recurrent abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and constipation. We provide consultation to community physicians and work closely with primary care providers to provide a timely evaluation and diagnosis and initiate the appropriate treatment plan.

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