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ATN/AIR-P Guide to Managing Constipation in Children

Many children have constipation. Children with autism might have more problems with constipation than other children. Difficulty with things like sitting on the toilet and eating different foods can make treating constipation challenging.

Many children with autism have gastrointestinal issues, including constipation. The symptoms of autism can make treating constipation difficult.

This guide provides strategies and resources for parents of children with autism to help with constipation.

Sections include:

Overview of Constipation
Daily Treatment of Constipation
Increasing Fiber Intake
Increasing Fluid Intake
Bowel Habit Training
Daily Medicines
Resources

To learn about one family’s experience with their son’s constipation problems and treatment, see a blog post by Ellen and Scott Ambler.

"These materials are the product of on-going activities of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, a funded program of Autism Speaks. It is supported by cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program to the Massachusetts General Hospital. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the MCHB, HRSA, HHS, or Autism Speaks."

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