Chronic constipation rising among children

November 1, 2010 4:54:27 AM PDT
Experts believe a lack of physical activity, low-fiber diets and insufficient consumption of water may be contributing to the apparent increase of constipation in children.

Doctors at Johns Hopkins Children's Center are reporting seeing a 30 percent increase in the number of severe cases.

Doctors say constipation is easy to miss in young children and its severity is often overlooked. That can result in delayed treatment and worsening symptoms.

Parents should take their child to the doctor if they notice symptoms such as abdominal bloating and a feeling of fullness.