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 parents with strategies and resources to help with constipation and autism

Sections include:

  • Overview of constipation
  • Daily treatment of constipation
  • Increasing fiber intake
  • Increasing fluid intake
  • Bowel habit training
  • Daily medicines
  • Resources

"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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