Constipation in children is very common. Symptoms include large, hard, and/or painful bowel movements.
Constipation in children is not defined by how often your child has a bowel movement. It’s not that uncommon for breast-fed infants to go up to a week or sometimes even a little more between bowel movements. As long as the stool is soft, however, it’s typically fine.
Treatment of constipation may involve changes to your child's diet. Usually it's best to check with a health care provider before giving your child medicine for constipation such as stool softeners or laxatives. The earlier childhood constipation is identified, the easier it is to treat.