Thumbs-up for GP-led child constipation treatment

An $18 high-dose laxative regimen can successfully treat children with severe constipation and may save them a trip to the hospital, report Australian paediatricians.

The combination of stool softener and stimulant is already used for bowel clearance before colonoscopy, and has been adapted for community use in children with faecal impaction.

These children would usually require hospital admission for enemas