Dr Angela Clarke MBBS, DCH is a paediatric trainee based in Brisbane, Queensland. She has a special interest in General Paediatrics, Medical Education and Paediatric Emergency Medicine. Outside of work she enjoys gardening, cooking and exploring South East Queensland by land and sea.

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Constipation week – Day 5 – Advice and information for parents

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Clarke, A. Constipation week – Day 5 – Advice and information for parents, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2014. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.5639

Education of the child and family of the physiology of constipation and mechanism of overflow soiling is important.  Below are some tips, tricks, and generally things not to forget. See our other Constipation Week posts   What other recommendations can I give? You can mix the PEG 3350 with other fluids: Whichever Macrogol PEG you use, you…

Constipation week – Day 4: Evidence on Tough Topics

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Clarke, A. Constipation week – Day 4: Evidence on Tough Topics, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2014. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.5638

Bottom line: (pun definitely intended!) A PR examination should only be undertaken by a doctor competent to interpret features of anatomical abnormalities or Hirschsprung’s disease e.g. paediatric surgeons TFTs and coeliac screen should only be ordered by specialists in patients with intractable constipation Abdominal xrays and abdominal ultrasounds are not recommended to aid diagnosis of…

Constipation Week – Day 1: The Basics

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Clarke, A. Constipation Week – Day 1: The Basics, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2014. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.5637

A 7-year-old boy is brought in by his mother with faecal soiling for 6 months. He has a bowel motion every second day.  Some days these are ‘giant’ stools, other days, small pellets.  He soils his pants up to 5-6 times per week, usually in the daytime and is being bullied at school. He complains…