You can experience fever and constipation at the same time. This may occur due to an infection. You can also experience constipation due to other health conditions.

Constipation and fever can occur at the same time, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the constipation caused your fever. The fever may be caused by an underlying condition that’s also related to constipation.

For example, if your constipation is caused by a viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection, that infection may result in fever. The cause of the fever is the infection, not the constipation, even though they occur simultaneously.

Keep reading to learn more about what might cause constipation and fever.

If you poop fewer than three times a week, you’re constipated. Other signs and symptoms include:

If you’ve experienced two or more of these symptoms, including pooping fewer than three times a week, your constipation may be considered chronic.

According to Harvard Medical School, typically constipation isn’t related to an illness. It’s usually caused by lifestyle, diet, or some other factor that hardens the poop or interferes with its ability to pass easily and comfortably.

Causes that may lead to chronic constipation include:

If your child is constipated and develops a fever, see your pediatrician. Other reasons to take your constipated child to the doctor include:

  • the constipation has lasted longer than 2 weeks
  • there’s blood in their poop
  • they’re not eating
  • their abdomen is swollen
  • their bowel movements cause pain
  • they’re experiencing rectal prolapse (part of the intestine coming out of their anus)

Causes of constipation in children

When poop moves through the digestive tract too slowly, it can become hard and dry. This can result in constipation.

Contributors to constipation in your child may include:

dietary changesconsuming too small of an amount of fluids or fiber-rich foods
withholdingignoring the urge to poop
toilet training issuesrebelling by holding in poop
changes in routinetraveling, experiencing stress, and other changes
family historychildren are more likely to develop constipation if they have family members who’ve experienced constipation, according to the Mayo Clinic
milk allergyconsuming cow’s milk and other dairy products

Although rare, constipation could be caused by an underlying condition, such as:

Treating constipation in children

Your pediatrician may offer a long-term recommendation that includes making sure your child gets enough:

  • fiber
  • liquids
  • exercise

For immediate constipation concerns, your pediatrician may recommend:

  • over-the-counter (OTC) stool softeners
  • OTC fiber supplements
  • glycerin suppositories
  • OTC laxatives
  • enema

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, you should never give your child stool softeners, laxatives, or enemas, unless specifically instructed by your pediatrician.

Although constipation may not be the cause of your fever, the two conditions may be related.

If you have signs of chronic constipation or constipation combined with other conditions, such as fever, talk about it with your doctor. They can conduct a full diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan.

If your child has been constipation for longer than 2 weeks, take them to a pediatrician. Take them without delay if they have constipation and:

  • fever
  • blood in stool
  • lack of appetite
  • swollen abdomen
  • pain when pooping