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Constipation Can be a Problem for Kids

Constipation Can be a Problem for Kids

Source: Great Falls Tribune

Pediatric health care providers are seeing an increase in children who have constipation, and it isn't just an annoyance or slight embarrassment. Providers say constipation is a serious medical problem for children, and if untreated, can lead to more complications. Nurse practitioner Kimberly Longcake does outreach clinics in Great Falls from her base at the Fortin Pediatric Specialty Clinic, part of St. Vincent Healthcare in Helena. Longcake, who specializes her practice in pediatric gastroenterology, estimates 50 percent of well-child visits involve GI complaints. Children tend to develop functional constipation after toilet training. Dr. Lusine Ambartsumyan, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Seattle Children's, said she starts seeing children with constipation issues around 3 or 4.

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