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Constipation and Bladder Dysfunction

Constipation is a common problem for children.  The bowel is very close to the bladder in the body.  The bladder is not able to expand and hold urine very well when a child has a large amount of stool in the rectum or bowel.

Constipation can cause the bladder to have spasms and not empty completely.  Bladder symptoms that can occur with constipation are day and night wetting, urinary tract infections, frequency, urgency and pain with urination.

It is very important to treat a child's constipation so that bladder symptoms can improve.

For the bladder to be healthy, a child should have a soft, easy to pass bowel movement at least once a day. 

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Normal and Constipated Bowel Illustrations

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Medications for Constipation

When to Call the Doctor


Last Updated: 03/2014