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Johns Hopkins Center Focuses on Child Constipation

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2010

Constipation in children is defined as having fewer than three bowel movements a week for three, not necessarily consecutive, months in a year. Symptoms include abdominal bloating, feeling of fullness, straining at the toilet, lumpy or hard stools or small pellet-like stools accompanied by incomplete emptying of the bowel.

The formation of this special clinic is actually a revitalization of one that used to exist at Johns Hopkins, without the behavioral component, but faded away for reasons unclear.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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