3 October 2018

Take 8: When should infants with constipation be referred?

Clinical Paediatrics

Only a small proportion of infants with constipation need referral, says Dr Rupert Hinds.

“The transition to solids is often a constipating time,” says Dr Hinds, a paediatric gastroenterologist at Monash University.

“Constipation will eventually settle over time without any intervention. And, actually, if it doesn’t, a brief course of stool softeners, like lactulose … can break the cycle.”

Constipation should raise red flags when it starts in the first month of life, long before solids have been introduced, or where there are co-existing symptoms.

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