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Anesthesia and pain medicine can cause constipation after surgery by slowing normal activity in intestines. If your child has hard, dry bowel movements, goes three or four days between bowel movements, has stomach pain with bowel movements, or the bowel pattern changes, your child may be constipated.
If your child is constipated after surgery, start your child on a diet high in fiber. Foods such as vegetables, oranges, raisins, beans, peas, nuts, whole-grain foods, other fruits, and high-fiber cereals can help with constipation. Drinking more fluids can also reduce constipation problems.
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