These can be tricky to spot. Your child may be constipated if:
- They don't poo at least three times a week
- Their poo is often large, hard and difficult to push out
- Their poo looks like 'rabbit droppings' or little pellets
If your child is potty trained, soiled pants can be another sign of constipation, because runny poo (diarrhoea) may leak out around the hard, constipated poo. This is called overflow soiling.
If your child is constipated, they may find it painful to poo. This can create a cycle: the more it hurts, the more they hold on to poo. The more constipated they get, the more it hurts, and so on. Even if pooing isn't painful, once your child is really constipated, they may try to avoid going to the toilet altogether.
Additional information on child consipation can be found here.