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Looking after a child who has constipation

Read this page for recommended advice and support information.

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What can I do?

Who can help?

What can I do?

If your child is constipated, read below for actions you can take to help improve their bowel habits and manage their health.

Who can help?

The following people and organisations may be involved in your (or a family member or friend's) healthcare.

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on this map.

Nurse Maude Association

If your child has on-going problems with their bowel or bladder your doctor may refer your child to Nurse Maude for extra help. After receiving a referral, they will contact you within two working days.

Public health nurse

If your child needs extra support to manage their bowels when starting school or when they are at school, your doctor may refer your child to a public health nurse. After receiving a referral, they will contact you within two weeks to arrange an assessment or discuss an action plan.

Christchurch Hospital Children's Outpatients Department

If your child's constipation does not respond to treatment your doctor may refer them to the Canterbury District Health Board's Child Health Service, where your child will normally be seen as an outpatient.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated May 2017.

Page reference: 56729

Review key: HICOC-14683