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
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Not using the restroom when
- Overuse of laxatives
- Not drinking enough water
- Eating disorder
SYMPTOMS OF CONSTIPATION
- Difficulty in having a bowel movement
- Hard or small stools
- Few bowel movements
- 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