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A 35-year-old female asked:

what are signs of a bowel obstruction/impaction in toddlers?

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Dr. Boris Ripa
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Poor appetite: Distended abdomen, sometimes fever, irritation, weaknes and more...
Dr. Craig Smith
Dr. Craig Smith commented
Urology 35 years experience
consistency of bowel movements is an important assessment. It should have a soft "banana type" consistency and if harder, in pieces, wide girth then at risk for the above stated concerns. Their is a Bristol score diagram that outlines grades of consistency
Apr 28, 2014
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Swollen abdomen: Tumors of the bowel in todlers are very rare. The most common cause woul be intussuception where one loop of bowel invaginates into the other producing obstruction. Here the abdomen would dilate and vomiting ensue. Can be seen on a scan of the abdomen. Chronic constipation would be rare and easily relieved by gentle enema.
Dr. Charles Vinocur
Pediatric Surgery 48 years experience
Distention, vomiting: Most toddlers stool every day but can go several days. If stool is hard, it hurts when the child stools and so may 'stool hoard', especially during toilet training time. It is unlikely to be an obstruction. This is very common and i would suggest you talk with your pediatrician. Although there are causes for obstruction, they ae much less common than what i mentioned above.

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