Constipation is one of the most common complaints that I see beginning in the second and third year of life. Often it is accompanied by an excessive consumption of milk. Children will sometimes be seen playing only to suddenly squat and grunt for a minute or so, then resume play. Soiling is sometimes a problem as the problem continues into early and middle elementary school.
Parents often tell me that their children complain of stomach aches or painful or difficult urination. It is quite often in fact that painful urination is the primary or only complaint, especially it seems in young girls of early and middle elementary school age. Sometimes the problem just seems to develop insidiously, but other times it can be initiated and perpetuated by the child. Continue reading