Pediatric & Allergy Clinic in Dubai

Dr David Cremonesini BA(Hons) OXON MBBS FRCPCH PG Cert Allergy

 Email:  Address: American Dubai Hospital, Dubai UAE Phone: 0502594062




Constipation is a common problem that we see in children affecting 5-30% of them at some point in their life. In most cases there's is no underlying cause, but its a problem thats developed over time and got worse as the child continues to hold onto their poo. Common symptoms include


  • Infrequent bowel opening

  • Foul smelling wind or stools

  • Irregular stool consistency

  • Withholding or straining to stop passage of stool

  • Soiling or overflow

  • Abdominal pain

  • Distended tummy

  • Poor appetite or energy


Key thing is to get a diagnosis and if child is suffering, to start medication as then diet change wont be enough. Some medicines soften poo, others make bowle push the poo out and often children need both. Movicol performs both of these functions and is my first choice medication, is safe and effective.


I attach some useful leaflets/information to download


Constipation overview


Information on movicol


Constipation in babies


How to deal with overflow stools


Detailed UK guideline on constipation outlining treatment and management


How to sit on the toilet properly


constipation picture