Functional constipation in children

  • Hannelie (JC) Meyer Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Tsakane Mashaba Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Letlhogonolo Makhele Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Mncengeli Sibanda Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Keywords: functional constipation, children, disimpaction, treatment, dietary modification, behaviour modification

Abstract

Constipation is one of the most common digestive complaints that affects children. Often the exact cause is unknown and no obvious anatomical, biochemical or physiological abnormalities can be identified in the majority of cases. However, the symptoms of constipation may interfere with the quality of life of the child, as well as his/her family. This article provides an overview of functional constipation in children and the management thereof.

Author Biographies

Hannelie (JC) Meyer, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm, MSc(Med) Pharmacy, PhD (Pharmacy) Associate Professor School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Tsakane Mashaba, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm Academic Intern School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Letlhogonolo Makhele, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm Academic Intern School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
Mncengeli Sibanda, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
BPharm, MPharm, MSc Pharmacology, MBA Lecturer School of Pharmacy Faculty of Health Sciences Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
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