What can I do if my child is constipated or soiling themselves?

Constipation is the term used to describe when there is difficulty in emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened faeces or soiling (stools, poos or motions).
 

Guidance and helpful information

Here are some things you can do at home to help your child with constipation:
  1. Is your child drinking enough? Children should try to drink six to eight glasses of water-based drinks per day (one glass is approximately 250ml). They need enough fluids to keep the bowel movements soft and regular.
  2. Do they have enough fibre in their diet? Eating enough fibre is very important in ensuring your child’s bowels stay comfortable and they are able to go to the toilet easily. This means eating five portions of fruit or vegetables per day.
  3. Are they getting enough physical activity?
  4. Are they comfortable/safe sitting on the toilet and sitting there long enough? Does he/she need a child’s toilet seat and a stool to feel safe?
  5. Are they afraid to sit on the toilet or to have a poo/are they trying to hold it in?
 
If you think your child is constipated, or as a young person feel you may be constipated, please seek advice and support.