Functional constipation in children

Johanna Catharina Meyer*, Tsakane Mashaba, Letlhogonolo Makhele, Mncengeli Sibanda

*Corresponding author for this work

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Constipation is one of the most common digestive complaints that affects children. Often the exact cause is unknown and no obvious anatomical, biochemical or physiological abnormalities can be identified in the majority of cases. However, the symptoms of constipation may interfere with the quality of life of the child, as well as his/her family. This article provides an overview of functional constipation in children and the management thereof.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-57
Number of pages7
JournalSA Pharmaceutical Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Behaviour modification
  • Children
  • Dietary modification
  • Disimpaction
  • Functional constipation
  • Treatment


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