Completed Studies

Pooping is Fun: a Tool to Improve the Management of Functional Constipation in Children (IRB# 25076)

Status: Completed



  • Muhammad Azim Qureshi, M.D.



This research is being done to find out if a simple calendar tool can be used along with the standard of care treatment by Pediatric Gastroenterology Division at Hershey Medical Center to improve the management of functional constipation in children.



  • Children aged 5 – 17 years with diagnosis of constipation or fecal encorporesis
  • Constipation symptoms for at least 1 month, previously toilet trained.

Exclusion Criteria    

  • Children who are not toilet trained
  • Anatomic or surgical condition in colorectal area
  • Anal stenosis
  • Anteriorly displaced anus
  • Sacral mass (sacral teratoma)
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Children with neuropathic conditions
  • Children with abnormal abdominal musculature
  • Children with history of organic anatomic malformation
  • Children with history of surgical procedure performed in colorectal area
  • Severely neurologically or cognitively handicap
  • Children with Down Syndrome
  • Children with a known history of physical or sexual abuse


Additional Study Details:

What is expected of me and my child?

Once consent is signed, the patients will be randomized into one of the two study groups and either given the standard of care information or the standard care and the “pooping is fun” tool instructions.  Participants will then be seen in the clinic for follow-up at 3 months and then again at 6 months.

Length of Study

  • 6 Months



  • Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology at UPC





  • Gastroenterology
  • Constipation