Constipation (difficulty in bowel movement)

CONSTIPATION:

Constipation is a condition in which there is difficulty in emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened faeces.

The normal frequency of bowel movements in adults is between 3 per day to 3days in a week.

Babies often have three to four bowel movements per day while young children typically have two to three per day.

CAUSES OF CONSTIPATION 

  • Low fiber in diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Aging
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Not using the restroom when
  • necessary
  • Overuse of laxatives
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Stress
  • Eating disorder

SYMPTOMS OF CONSTIPATION

  • Difficulty in having a bowel movement
  • Bloating
  • Hard or small stools
  • Few bowel movements

TREATMENTS

  • Take adequate fruits and vegetables

  • Drink two to four extra glasses of water a day

  • Exercise most days of the week for at 30 minutes most days of the week

  • Avoid holding in stools

  • Avoid caffeine. It can be dehydrating.

WHEN TO SEE THE DOCTOR

  • If you notice blood in your stool
  • You lose weight without trying
  • You have not experienced constipation before
  • Your contrasts longer than 3weeks

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