Our expert says:
A vicious cycle can quite easily develop - a child becomes mildly constipated, finds its sore to move his bowels, so he refuses to do so, becoming more constipated and causing more pain when he cant avoid doing so. Ordinary doctors don't usually handle such problems well. Take him to see a good local Child Psychiatrist, who should be able to deal with this, perhaps in consultation with a pediatrician. In the early stages it's easy to deal with, but once it becomes complicated, its beyond the capacity of the average GP or general physician.
Fortunately with the right help, both directly for the bowels and to help the child psychologically, it can be relatively soon resolved, and with proper bowel care, should not recur.
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