The Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is happy to be a resource for parents dealing with childhood constipation.

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Constipation is the abnormally delayed or infrequent passage of hard stools. Most children, and many adults, too, become constipated from time to time. Often, the duration is short; occasionally it persists for months, even years. Although constipation can be uncomfortable, may create worry, and sometimes seem serious, fortunately it does not have long-term, troubling effects in most healthy children.

View our constipation brochure, written by our board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists and pediatric nurse practitioners of the Division of Pediatric GI and Nutrition. It is designed to help parents deal with childhood constipation by answering questions and outlining management instructions for parents to follow.

If you have further questions, please call the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at 314.454.6173.