Also, urinary tract infections can be associated with constipation issues. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect eight percent of young girls and 1¬2 percent of young boys at least once by the time they are five years of age, according to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 1
The American Academy of Pediatrics also cites constipation as one of several factors that may contribute to a higher risk of urinary tract reinfection, in addition to incomplete bladder emptying and holding urine. It is important to treat a child’s constipation promptly, before it leads to such obstructions; and it is recommended that children have at least one soft bowel movement a day if possible. For those who need help though, stool softeners and one-time, emergency enemas are sometimes necessary.
Warning signs and symptoms of childhood constipation include2 :