How do I know if my child is constipated?

Constipation is a common question among parents. Initially, infants can stool anywhere from 12 times a day to once a week if they're breast-fed. So constipation is not necessarily determined by how often your stools are but by how comfortable your stools are and how solid or hard they are.

So if your child is pooping every other day but it's comfortable and not hard, that is not constipation. But if your child is pooping every day, and it is really hard and clogs the toilet, that is a sign of constipation. If there is any sign of rectal bleeding, that would also be concerning and will need to be evaluated as well.

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