CPD: Management of Paediatric Constipation

Constipation is the most common digestive complaint in both adults and children, and one of the most common paediatric conditions, affecting up to 30% of children.1-3

Constipation commonly causes abdominal pain, irritable behaviour, loss of appetite and anal fissures.3,4

In addition, it can have a significant impact on children’s daily living activities and quality of life whilst also creating a significant burden for families, with many parents feeling overwhelmed by their children’s condition.

Guild Learning and Development is partnering with Care Pharmaceuticals in an online course titled ‘Management of paediatric constipation’.

The learning objectives for this online course are:

  • Outline the clinical features of paediatric constipation including the aetiology and differential diagnosis
  • Describe the non-drug management approaches of paediatric constipation, including dietary and lifestyle modifications
  • Describe the place in therapy and use of laxative products in the management of constipation, including stool softeners, osmotic laxatives and stimulant laxatives
  • Demonstrate the effective counselling techniques that can be used when addressing parents concern about their child’s constipation

This activity has been accredited for 1 hour of Group 1 CPD (or 1 CPD credit), suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 1 hour of Group 2 CPD (or 2 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

Accreditation code G2017026.

To enrol in this course please visit myCPD.org.au.

Please contact Guild Learning and Development on 03 9810 9930 or email learninganddevelopment@guild.org.au for more information.

Guild Learning and Development thanks Care Pharmaceuticals for their financial support and input of expertise in the development of this course.

1. van den Berg MM, Benninga MA, Di Lorenzo C. Epidemiology of childhood constipation: a systematic review. Am J Gastroenterol. 2006;101(10):2401-9.
2. Nurko S, Zimmerman L. Evaluation and treatment of constipation in children and adults. American Family Physician. 2014;90(2):82-90.
3. Royal Children’s Hospital. Constipation: Clinical Practice Guidelines [3/6/2017]. Available from: http://www.rch.org.au/clinicalguide/guideline_index/Constipation/.
4. Youssef N, Langseder A, Verga B, Mones R, Rosh J. Chronic childhood constipation is associated with impaired quality of life: a case-controlled study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2005;41:56-60

This online module provides education opportunities for pharmacists to enable them to consider the efficacy and safety of medicines/products sold within their pharmacy, using an evidence-based approach and utilising available clinical/traditional-use information. Pharmacists, as health professionals, have a duty of care to be aware of available clinical evidence that supports the therapeutic and marketing claims made about all medicines and products sold in their pharmacies.