This review underscores the negative impact of constipation on children’s well-being and identifies factors associated with lower health-related quality of life in children.
In this systematic review, Vriesman and co-worker’s have pooled together and analyzed data from several studies on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in children with functional constipation using the PedsQL questionnaire. The effect of bowel dysfunction on children can be measured by the questionnaire that includes social, emotional, school, physical and psychosocial factors. The PedsQL score were significantly reduced in children with functional constipation compared to healthy controls. However, within the group of children with the functional constipation symptoms of fecal incontinence did not affect the HRQoL.