TABLE 3.

Outcome Data in 13 Children With Functional Constipation Only

Initial (n = 13)Placebo (n = 13)Fiber (n = 13)
Frequency of BMs/wk4.1 ± 2.64.4 ± 2.84.8 ± 3.4
Children with <3 BMs/wk38%46%31%
Stool consistency0.2 ± 0.41.0 ± 0.81.5 ± 1.1
Presence of abdominal pain46%54%8%
Children on laxatives31%31%31%
Daytime wetting38%38%38%
Nighttime wetting8%8%8%
Successful treatment*0%23%69%
Improved (parents’ rating)0%23%62%
  • * Successful treatment was rated by the physician and was defined as ≥3 BMs/wk and ≤1 soiling episode/3 wk with no abdominal pain.

  • P < .05 as compared with initial data.

  • P < .05 as compared with placebo treatment.