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All 3 of my kids have constipation problems since birth. Is this normal?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

Some surgical causes of constipation are genetic and acn be passed on to one's children.
A GI consult and barium enema are indicated as a start.

In brief: Possibly

Some surgical causes of constipation are genetic and acn be passed on to one's children.
A GI consult and barium enema are indicated as a start.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
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In brief: Maybe

First and foremost, this could signal a bigger problem such as hirschsprungs disease or something else and those need to be explored.
Gi consult may be needed. But - to treat constipation, fiber is key. Diet must contain fiber, and at this age you need 25+ grams per day. As reference, an apple has 3 gms, wheat bread has 1g per slice, broccoli 3-5 gms, etc. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily helps as well but fiber...

In brief: Maybe

First and foremost, this could signal a bigger problem such as hirschsprungs disease or something else and those need to be explored.
Gi consult may be needed. But - to treat constipation, fiber is key. Diet must contain fiber, and at this age you need 25+ grams per day. As reference, an apple has 3 gms, wheat bread has 1g per slice, broccoli 3-5 gms, etc. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily helps as well but fiber...
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. David Ziring
Pediatrics - Gastroenterology

In brief: Frequent

Constipation is a frequent complaint in children.
However, three children with constipation from birth raises the concern of congenital abnormalities with a genetic predisposition, such as Hirschsprung's disease, in which the nerve cells that allow the anal sphincter to relax are missing.

In brief: Frequent

Constipation is a frequent complaint in children.
However, three children with constipation from birth raises the concern of congenital abnormalities with a genetic predisposition, such as Hirschsprung's disease, in which the nerve cells that allow the anal sphincter to relax are missing.
Dr. David Ziring
Dr. David Ziring
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