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what are the complications of bowel obstipation in kids?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Chronic constipation: Can lead to encopresis, (liquid stool leaking around impacted stool), distention of the colon, difficulty toilet training, stool with-holding; also, diverticulosis/ diverticulitis & possible increased incidence of colon cancer in one's 40's. It requires thorough clean-out with go-litely or enemas, then MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) & bowel re-training for at least 6 mos, aiming for soft stools at least every other day.

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