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What is the cause of long-term constipation in children, can it become chronic?

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Hello doctor! My baby is 17 months old, she has symptoms of constipation for about 2 months now. At first, I took the baby to a private hospital near my home, the results were normal, the doctor only prescribed oral supplements for the baby, but the condition still did not improve. Hearing a relative say injecting honey into the baby's anus, I followed suit. The next situation is that the baby still refuses to go to the toilet naturally, but has to pump honey to go. I was worried so I took her to a provincial hospital. Then she took the medicine prescribed by the doctor of the provincial hospital, let her drink a lot of water and eat a lot of vegetables. In the first few days of taking the medicine, she went to the toilet normally, but for more than a week now, she has not been able to go to the bathroom (at this time she is still taking medicine prescribed by the doctor). On the 3rd day, I pumped honey before my baby could go to the toilet (although he was constipated, he still ate normally). I want to ask, what is the cause of long-term constipation in children, can it become chronic? How to treat it completely? Thank you doctor!
Le Thanh Nham (1992)
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Hello mom! In the case of the baby, because the mother has not stated clearly how the baby's constipation is? How many times does the baby have a bowel movement once a day, what is the nature of the stool, is it difficult or easy to pass when the baby goes... so the doctor needs to examine the baby directly to determine if the baby is really constipated or not? Only then can I give you specific advice. Constipation cure really takes a long time, supportive medicine, the main problem is diet and living, practicing bowel habits. Abuse of drugs to treat constipation or anal pumps are not good for the baby.
Mothers can take their children to the clinics and hospitals of Vinmec Health System nationwide to get more advice from doctors.
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Answered by Master, Doctor Ngo Thi To Nga - Department of Pediatrics - Neonatology - Vinmec Nha Trang International General Hospital

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