What Is Idiopathic Constipation  

The term “idiopathic constipation” means constipation without a known cause. Children with constipation are not able to have a bowel movement on a routine basis. Often it is a very mild problem that can be solved by changes in diet and exercise. Some children suffer from chronic idiopathic constipation. This is a very severe condition that calls for high doses of laxatives and sometimes surgery. Idiopathic constipation can be managed, but not cured.