This 5-part educational video series about managing constipation in children explains what constipation is and how it is treated. The purpose of this series is to provide education on what’s going on in your child’s body, so you can better understand the problem and know what to do to help them feel better.

Constipation is a common problem that can make anyone feel miserable. Our bodies work best when we poop every day, and when the poop is soft so it doesn’t hurt to go. Problems develop when we don’t go every day, or when the poop is hard so it’s painful to go. Kids who are constipated may have tummy aches and spend a long time on the toilet – or even refuse to go because it hurts. Constipation tends to run in families, so some kids may be more prone to it than others. Eating high fiber foods and drinking lots of water helps, but sometimes extra treatment is needed. Before trying any medicines or treatments, first have your child’s doctor check for a blockage or other problems.

Managing Constipation Part 1: Facts and Stats (4:15)


In this video, Seattle Children’s Gastroenterology experts share facts and stats about constipation such as the difference between constipation, withholding and encopresis.

Managing Constipation Part 2: “The Poo In You” (6:51)


In this interactive animated video, developed by Children’s Hospital Colorado, supported by an educational grant from the NASPGHAN, learn the cause of accidents, why they happen, and how to treat the problem.

Managing Constipation Part 3: Medication Management (4:00)


In this video, Seattle Children’s Gastroenterology experts share a medicine treatment plan for constipation using laxatives and stool softeners. Once your child is constipated enough to have symptoms, changes in diet and behaviors alone are not enough to fix the problem. You need the help of medicines.

Managing Constipation Part 4: Diet and Behavior Changes (5:36)


In this video, Seattle Children’s Gastroenterology experts share how you can improve and prevent constipation through diet and behavioral changes.

Managing Constipation Part 5: Behavioral Suggestions for Toileting (3:48)


In this video, Seattle Children’s Gastroenterology experts discuss how to create an effective medical and behavioral treatment plan for toileting. Problems learning how to use the toilet are common, but treatable. You will learn common myths, recommendations and how to involve your child for more effective treatment.