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Table 1 Paediatric Rome III criteria* for childhood constipation

From: The effect of pelvic physiotherapy on reduction of functional constipation in children: design of a multicentre randomised controlled trial

Must include two or more of the following in a child with a
developmental age of least four years
1 Two or fewer defaecations in the toilet per week
2 At least one episode of faecal incontinence per week
3 History of retentive posturing or excessive volitional stool retention
4 History of painful or hard bowel movement
5 Presence of a large faecal mass in the rectum
6 History of large diameter stools that may obstruct the toilet
  1. *Criteria fulfilled at least once per week for at least two months prior to diagnosis, with insufficient criteria for diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome.