Symptoms

SYMPTOMS

  • A person usually feels bloated, heavy, sluggish, uncomfortable and irritable.
  • There may be cramping abdominal pain or colic (spasmodic intermittent pain).
  • There is difficulty in passing stools. A constipated child usually strains as passing a hard stool is very painful. He may get up from his seat, skew his body, clench his jaws and even turn red in his face.
  • Besides difficulty in passing stools, there might be excruciating pain while passing stools, if the patient develops an anal fissure (a tear in perianal region).
  • A person may have nausea, vomiting, low appetite and weight loss.
  • A constipated child usually feels lazy. In fact, if a child is not performing up to the mark or is not growing well, constipation should be ruled out.
  • Staining of child’s underwear with stools in otherwise normal child indicates piling up of stools in the rectum.