Is my Child Constipated?

Laura Tilson Osteopathy

Constipation can be the cause of so many worries in family life and its really common. It may cause your toddler pain and leave them feeling distressed. It may affect their behaviour in the home and at school or nursery. It may leave you feeling anxious and worried about their health.

The good news is there is lots of evidence to say you can treat it and retrain the bowel to prevent this continuing .

Osteopaths work with children and families to support your child’s general health by helping you understand and manage your child’s constipation in really simple steps.

But first is your child constipated? There are lots of signs of constipation and its not just an absence of bowel movements. Here are some common ones to look out for:

  1. Problems toilet training
  2. Very wide or very skinny poos
  3. Recurrent urinary tract infections – especially in girls.
  4. Abdominal pain
  5. Having to push really hard when pooing
  6. Bedwetting at night or day time wee accidents past the normal age for this to have stopped

There are many more signs and if you are worried or need advise on how to work with your child to prevent constipation please do get in touch on 02072062625 or email

Laura Tilson  BA (Hons) M.Ost DPO

Laura Tilson is a Registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council and an experienced, established practitioner in London.

She graduated with a Masters Degree from The British School of Osteopathy and then completed training in Paediatric Osteopathy with The Foundation of Paediatric Osteopathy; The Osteopathic Centre for Children (OCC).

Laura worked at the OCC’s busy children’s clinic for two years. She has worked in the neonatal intensive care wards in three London hospitals. 

She is currently completing a two year diploma at the Molinari Institute in Women’s Health Osteopathy and training in their clinic treating women with a broad range of Gynaecological Conditions.

She provides appointments for adults, children and babies in clinics, and also offers home visits for babies.

She uses a variety of osteopathic techniques including cranial osteopathy and structural techniques. She is experienced in treating a variety of women’s health and pre- and post-natal conditions. 

As an undergraduate her research for her dissertation was awarded one of the top grades and she presented her findings at the Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Conference in 2010. Laura Tilson is a Member of the Institute of Osteopathy and an Alumni Member of the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy. She has completed post-graduate courses at the Molinari Institute of Health in Women’s Health,The Sutherland Cranial College, in Safeguarding Children and pre-natal and post-natal courses with Miranda Clayton.

Appointment Times (Fresh Ground) : Tuesdays 10-5pm and Friday 10-5pm.


I came to see Laura with shoulder pain and a swollen wrist which I had had problems with for 7 years. I have been so much better, even after just one treatment.

– C. Mitchell

I could not recommend Laura highly enough. My treatment for low back pain was excellent; she was thorough and professional and I have not had any problems with my back since. I would not hesitate on seeing her again in the future.

– L. Harrison


For an appointment or further questions please call 020 7206 2625 or email

Please Note: This post was written on 5 May 2020 please contact us to make sure you have the most up to date advice.