The good news is that constipation fever toddler symptoms are usually easily treatable at home. A change in diet to include more fiber and more water can help keep the colon moving normally. Stool softeners and laxatives can also be helpful. Occasionally, a doctor may prescribe a glycerin suppository that can be inserted directly into the anus to stimulate a bowel movement.
Causes of Constipation
Most children become constipated when they hold in stool because they fear pain during a bowel movement. When this happens, the stool stays in the colon for too long and becomes hard and dry. Some children are unable to get to the bathroom because they hide, are too busy playing or are afraid of using public toilets. Other causes include too little physical activity, stress or anxiety, starting potty training too soon, changes in routines and some medications such as over-the-counter cold medicines and antacids.
Symptoms of Constipation Fever Toddler
A child is considered to be constipated when they have fewer than three bowel movements per week and when the stools are difficult to pass or painful. They may have episodes of fecal soiling, which is when stool leaks out of the anus instead of being pushed out of the colon. Children can exhibit other signs such as abdominal pain, decreased appetite, low energy or weight loss, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
Once a child’s constipation is treated, it is important to make regular scheduled visits to the GP to prevent recurrence. If the constipation is accompanied by fever, a doctor should be consulted immediately.