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Constipation in children and young people (NICE clinical guideline 99)

Published: 01/05/2010

This guideline was produced by the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health (NCC-WCH) on behalf of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

  • Constipation is common in childhood. It affects around 5-30% of the child population, depending on the criteria used for diagnosis
  • Symptoms become chronic in more than one third of patients, and constipation is a common reason for referral to secondary care