The most common bowel condition in children is constipation. If left untreated, constipation can lead to soiling.
A child should poo around four times a week. Common causes of constipation are insufficient quantities of fibre and water in meals, Physical inactivity and holding poo in for long periods of time.
Constipation can be improved by drinking plenty of water, Eating lots of different foods including fruit and vegetables, and lots of exercise can help to keep the poo moving and avoid your child becoming constipated.
If your child is showing signs of constipation you should book to see your GP as soon as possible. The quicker they are assessed, the easier it will be to treat the problem.
For further information and support, ERIC’s Guide to Children’s Bowel Problems.