While constipation is rarely caused by a major medical issue, kids become constipated for various other reasons. Child of yours may become constipated if (s)he:
• Hasn’t been eating adequate high-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables
• Has been drinking or eating dairy products too many and too often
• Has been repetitively waiting too long to go to the bathroom
• Hasn’t been drinking enough nondairy fluids
Constipation can also have an emotional cause. For example, stressful transitions or changes in routines such as starting a new school, moving to a new house can bring on constipation.