If a child is constipated it means that the child is not having a bowel movement (pooping) often or has a hard time pooping because the poop is hard and dry. Normal poop is sort of soft and easy to pass, so it shouldn't be too hard to have a bowel movement.

To manage childhood constipation well, families need to understand it. This means knowing what causes it, how to treat it, and how to prevent it from happening again. The child will likely need to learn new toilet habits. Learning new habits is never easy and it is important to know that it will take a long time. The child might also need to take laxatives and have initial clean out of feces (disimpaction). The resources below will help families learn about constipation and how to help their child.

For Kids

General Information



Toilet Training

Book List

These resources are available to borrow at the Family & Community Resource Centre. You can also check with your local library or with The Alberta Library for the availability of these resources.

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Constipation Collection


Thank you to our friends from Pediatric Gastroenterology (GI) Clinic at the Alberta Children's Hospital for their contributions.

Current as of: April 1, 2021


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