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Health Update: Constipation risk

CONSTIPATION in children often goes untreated but it can cause urinary infections and kidney disease, researchers at the Department of Child Health at the University of Wales, Cardiff, believe. Their study of 29 children with constipation found that 14 also had urinary symptoms, 12 had urinary tract infections, seven had dilated kidneys and four kidney scarring. They suggest in Archives of Disease in Childhood that the close proximity of the bladder and urethra to the rectum means abnormalities in one system will affect the other.