To find out the bowel function, dietary habits and their association with physical and behavioral problems in children suffering from functional constipation
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2023, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 2288-2297
AbstractConstipation is defined as FC if there is no underlying organic cause, what is the case in up to 95% of children. The present study was conducted to find out the bowel function, dietary habits and their association with physical and behavioral problems in children suffering from functional constipation.
Material & methods:The present cross Sectional, descriptive study was conducted among 290 Children with functional constipation. In order to determine the kind of stool passed, a Bristol chart was employed. The proforma had been filled by principal investigator. SPSS statistical software was used for all statistical analyses (version 25.0). Statistical significance was defined as two-sided values of <0.05.
Results:About 41.8% children were less than 5year of age group and 48.9% children were between age group 6-10 years and 9.3% children belong to age group 11-14year. About 45.8% children were males and 54.2% children were females. About 37.2% children were from rural area and 62.8% children were from urban area. Maximum children (66.2%) had milk based diet. The p-value was 0.041366. About 55.8% children had inadequate water intake. The p-value was .001933. About 66.5% children played indoor games. The p-value was < .00001. About 31.7% children had bowel >2/week and 68.2% children had bowel <2/week. About 28.9% children had retentive posture. About 33.1% children had fecal incontinence and 85.5% children passed hard stool. The p-value was .046081. About 27.9% children passed Type 1 stool, 45.8% children passed Type 2 stool, 12.4% children passed Type 3 stool, 6.2% children passed Type 4 stool, 2.7% children passed Type 5 stool, 4.1% children pass type 6 stool and no children passed Type 7 stool. The p-value was < 0.00001. About (78.6%) children had recurrent abdominal pain.The p-value was .031733,and (49.6%) children had temper tantrum. The p-value was .044881.
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