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does water help constipation

A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
45 years experience Preventive Medicine
It helps many things: Many people find a hot drink in the morning stimulates the bowels. Lemon and honey in hot water seems to stimulates mucus production in the intestine, ... Read More
Dr. Georgia Latham
35 years experience Family Medicine
For constipation: try Senna. Senna is a very safe natural plant product with a wide dosage range. Start by taking 2 tablets at bedtime, if you do not have a comfortab ... Read More
Dr. inderjit Deol
41 years experience Pathology
Hot water with honey: Drinking hot water with honey in the morning should help. Taking senna everyday is not a good idea, but once in a while is okay for constipation. For ... Read More

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A male asked:
Dr. Elise Sadoun
14 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: No contraindications to that, but don't replace the breast milk/formula with it.
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Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Fluids: Yes. Of course.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
May take 3-10 days : But once resolved maintain the high fluid intake to avoid recurrence of constipation.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Herr
36 years experience Preventive Medicine
Yes: As these medications work to lower blood pressure by decreasing body fluids they can cause decrease fluid in the intestines which then leads to consti ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Doubtful: The best i can tell it has no effect on anything at all.It does give some folks comfort that they are trying to help baby.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Ashley
15 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Not the best: Coconut water contains sugar, and like other juices the sugar can act as an "osmotic laxative", drawing fluid into stools. The fluid itself is useful, ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Santosh Gopalakrishnan
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Generally NOT: advise a soap water enema or prune juice or even metamucil.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
Start water again..: Dehydration causes constipation and in your case, resuming normal water usage will likely resolve your problem. You may need to use quite a bit to get ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Constipation.: May need an additional agent. There are many options. Senna, lactulose, polyethylene glycol-3500, magnesium compounds such as milk of magnesia, (magn ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
It won't, instead...: Docusate (per PDR) helps moisten &soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 ... Read More

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