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A Dietitian’s perspective on recognising and managing constipation in infants and toddlers

Healthcare Professional comforting baby

Functional constipation (FC) is common in childhood and has been reported to affect up to one-third of children1. In a large proportion of children constipation presents in the first year of life2. In the majority of children constipation can be treated effectively with laxatives and lifestyle intervention. However, if constipation persists and other red flags are present such as vomiting, blood in the stool or faltering growth, a referral to paediatric gastroenterology may need to be considered.

This webinar provides an opportunity to hear from a Specialist Paediatric Dietitian working both in the NHS and running her own successful private practice. Lucy will be giving advice on current guidelines for managing constipation, with practical tips and examples from her practice.

This 45-minute session will also include an interactive Q&A with the speaker.

Thursday, 5th October 2023 19.00 – 19.45

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  1. NICE (2010). Constipation in children and young people: diagnosis and management. Clinical guideline. Available at: Accessed July 2023
  2. Tabbers MM. et al. Evaluation and treatment of functional constipation in infants and children: evidence-based recommendations from ESPGHAN and NASPGHAN JPGN 2014;58: 258–274.