There are many causes of constipation (often referred to as "irregularity"), and the Mayo Clinic website and other sites list many:
A decrease in bowel movements in children might indicate Hirschsprung's disease, a congenital condition that results from missing nerve cells in the colon. Most likely, however, it occurs because they are afraid to use the toilet, simply don’t want to use it, or just don’t want to interrupt what they are doing and go to the bathroom.
Now that you know the causes of constipation, you can take preventative measures to stop it from becoming chronic constipation!
According to the Mayo Clinic website (www.mayoclinic.com) you should see your doctor if:
To learn about what conventional treatments can help with this condition, see the next page.
Read about probiotics for constipation here.
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