Table 2

Baseline characteristics of infants with functional constipation by randomized group

Characteristics

SF (n = 18)

NF (n = 20)

P- value


Number of boys (%)

11 (61)

8(40)

0.19

Age at intake (in months)

median

1.8

1.7

0.80

min-max

1.1–5.0

0.7–3.7

Age of onset (in weeks)

median

2.0

2.0

0.45

min-max

0–20

0–6

Defecation frequency

N/week (mean ± SD)

3.6 ± 1.8

3.5 ± 2.6

0.64

< 3 times/week

39%

50%

0.49

Hard stool consistency

72%

50%

0.16

Painful defecation

89%

75%

0.27

Abdominal scybalus

44%

20%

0.13

Rectal scybalus

29%

21%

0.51

Meconium passage < 48 hours

100%

90%

0.32

Positive family history

61%

58%

0.84


Bongers et al. Nutrition Journal 2007 6:8   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-6-8

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