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My 15 year old son chews on plastic constantly. Straws or bottle tops, what ever he can get his hands on. He has had a constipation problem since he was very young. Now he goes every two or three days but always plugs the toilet. Should we be concerned about the constant chewing?


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replied May 13th, 2008
Kids Health and Pediatrics Answer A4109
Yes, you should be concerned about his bad habit. He is 15 years old, not a small kid. Bad habits are more difficult to get rid of when children become older.


Having a bowel movement once in 2-3 days is not considered as constipation.



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