Functional Constipation

Functional constipation happens without any particular physical or genetic cause and it affects 1 in 10 children. Symptoms include:

  • Difficult or painful poops

Caring for a child with functional constipation

Follow Ari’s story in this video to learn about functional constipation’s symptoms, management, and treatment. 

This video was created by ECHO Research with support from ARCHE, and TREKK. Funding was provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

This infographic provides information about functional constipation’s definition, diagnosis, treatment, and when to take your child to a doctor. 

This infographic was created by ECHO Research with support from ARCHE. Funding was provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).


The ECHO research program is focused on improving health outcomes for children with acute health conditions through the application of the best available evidence — a process known as knowledge translation (KT).

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Physical treatments can include physiotherapy, prescribed exercise plans, strengthening exercises, massage, and more. 

Psychological treatments can include counselling or talk therapy, supportive therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, mediation, and more. They can be provided on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting.