Information for the public
NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.
This information explains the advice about constipation in children and young people that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 99.
Yes, if you are the parent or carer of a baby, child or young person (up to up 18 years) who has constipation and the condition that causes it is unknown, but specific serious causes have been ruled out (called 'idiopathic' constipation).
No, if you are the parent or carer of a baby, child or young person who has constipation that is caused by a specific condition.