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Lifestyle interventions for managing functional constipation in children : a systematic review

Aljabary, A. (2021) Lifestyle interventions for managing functional constipation in children : a systematic review.

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Abstract:Functional constipation is a case that is not due to underlying causes of a medical condition or medication side effect. This study aims to investigate the evident effectiveness of lifestyle interventions that helpe in treating functional constipation. The search was in Pubmed, Embase and Cochrane. Treatment success was defined according to the absence of any of ROME III criteria for constipation. Defecation frequency was the primary outcome, while defecation pain was the secondary outcome. Included studies were randomized controlled trials, randomized clinical trials or pre-post designs. Quality assessment for the included studies was consistent with PRISMA and assessed according to the Cochrane risk of bias tool. A total of 135 studies were found during the search. Eleven studies found eligible and included in this review. These studies were classified into three categories: Dietary intervention, physical intervention, and behavioural intervention. Findings showed no evidence for the effectiveness of behavioural and dietary therapies, except a study that showed the effectiveness of cacao fibrous husk on colonic transit time. Another showed the efficacy of probiotics. All five studies about physical therapy showed significant efficacy. Physical intervention found the most promising treatment in managing functionally constipated children.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:02 science and culture in general
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
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