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154377 - Constipation in Children: Assessment and Management

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This activity provides a comprehensive overview of the assessment and management of constipation in infants and children in general practice. Emphasising the importance of a thorough history, it details the criteria for assessing the signs and symptoms for diagnosis, including explanation about the important components of the physical examination and when to investigate further. It draws links between constipation and faecal incontinence, while highlighting red flags and other important associations to consider in your assessment. The management program is described in detail emphasising the importance of educating parents and children, the role of the individualised toileting program and laxatives in the ongoing management of constipation and need for ongoing follow up. While it is appropriate to manage these children in the general practice setting, there are certain circumstances where referral for specialist treatment would be more appropriate for some children with constipation.

Relevance to General Practice

Constipation is a common condition in infants and children, and a significant number of children will go on to develop chronic constipation if not managed appropriately. General Practitioners play a significant role in preventing these outcomes for children through early intervention and an individualised management and follow up plan. GPs are well equipped to handle this condition in the community, and given the long-term nature of the management plan and need for follow up, accessibility is a key factor for these children and their families.

Learning outcomes
  • Explain the aetiology and the symptoms of constipation in infants and children.
  • Outline an approach to assessment of paediatric constipation.
  • Incorporate appropriate treatment/management of paediatric constipation into your practice.
  • Describe when to refer a paediatric patient with constipation for specialist/tertiary care.
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    154377 - Constipation in Children: Assessment and Management
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