Getting things moving

Constipation is a common childhood problem from infancy to adolescence. Prevalence rates reported by studies performed overseas range from 0.7% to 29.6%. This broad range may reflect genuine ethnic and socioeconomic differences, but is also influenced by study size, methodology and particularly differing criteria used to define constipation.

Despite its relative prevalence, a key chllanenge lies in the klack of consensus on the definition for pediatric constipation among medical professionals. In addition, there is often significant disparity between parental and physican