Child Constipation Treatment Options

Laxative Use

If problems with constipation still persist then it may be necessary to use a stool softener or mild laxative. Before using a laxative for extended periods of time, you should consult your physician to determine what type of laxative will work and how long your child should remain on the laxative.


Diets rich in fiber are very helpful (see the “Diets and Constipation” section). Also children with constipation should drink plenty of liquids and avoid constipating foods and drinks.

Improved Potty Habits

PottyMD strongly suggests improving the bathroom habits of children. This involves starting a program to increase bathroom visits and improving bladder and bowel emptying. Our Overcoming Bladder and Bowel Problems in Children book specifically addresses these issues and provides very successful treatment plans and ideas.