Dr Loening-Baucke from Iowa, America determined the prevalence of constipation in children 2 years, described the symptoms of constipation, and reviewed how often specific interventions were effective.
The researcher designed a retrospective chart review showing that 185 of 4,157 children under 2 years of age had constipation.
The investigator found that the prevalence rate for constipation in the first year of life was 3%, and in the second year of life, the rate was 10%.
| Dietary changes, corn syrup, or both resolved constipation in 25% of children, and laxatives in 92%|
|Journal of Pediatrics|
The researcher observed that functional constipation was the cause in 97% of the children and both boys and girls were affected with equal frequency.
Constipation was caused by an underlying organic disease in 2% of cases, and 97% of the children had functional constipation.
In addition, the researcher noted that dietary changes and corn syrup were the initial treatment suggestions for 116 children; 93% of these children underwent follow-up examinations, and constipation was resolved in 25% of the children.
The investigator reported that 100 children were treated with milk of magnesia or polyethylene glycol 3,350 without electrolytes.
93 of these 100 children underwent follow-up examinations, and the constipation was resolved with treatment in 92% of the children.
Dr Loening-Baucke concluded, “Dietary changes, corn syrup, or both resolved constipation in 25% of children, and laxatives resolved constipation in 92% of children.”
“Both milk of magnesia and polyethylene glycol were efficient and safe in infants and toddlers.”