A 30-year-old member asked:
what causes constipation that lasts for a week?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Pathology 49 years experience
5508 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Several variables,: the most important being internal control of colon motility, delayed evacuation (for whatever reasons), internal emotions, decreased physical activity, etc. Most stimulant laxatives ↑ constipation problems over time. Generally ↑ed activity, ↑ed hydration, high fiber foods, prunes, softeners, osmotic agents, in order listed, are best/safest ways to ↓ & prevent constipation problems.
3186 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
How can I alleviate my 10-month-old's constipation?
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Pediatrics 32 years experience
Fluids and fiber: The best way to prevent constipation is by including plenty of water, fruits, and high fiber foods in your infants diet. If your baby is constipated, try giving prunes, prune juice or pear juice. You can also call your doctor, he/she may recommend other over-the-counter stool softeners.
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What is the treatment for constipation?
7 doctor answers • 18 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Most of the time...: ...High-fiber foods and plenty of water. Trouble is, most fiber tastes bad or has a bad texture. There are artificial fiber preparations that are tasteless, and can be added to any drink without making it unpalatable, but bran and bananas are still my favorites.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Do medications cause constipation?
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Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Some do, many don't: Lots of meds can cause constipation. Narcotics routinely do, iron and calcium supplements can; calcium channel blockers (bp/cardiac meds) can; Parkinson's meds, antidepressants (tricyclic more than ssri), sucralfate (ulcer drug), Cholestyramine (cholesterol med), many other prescription and otc drugs.
Check with md if new symptom, med change, worsening, pain, bleed.
Diet, hormones can play a role.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Is constipation common?
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Dr. Elaine Peterson answered
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Yes: Yes, constipation is common. Many studies report a that 12-19% of the population suffer from constipation, but as high of 27% has been reported in some studies.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Who should I see if I have serious constipation?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Start with reg Dr: Your regular dr can evaluate your issues & decide whether lifestyle/diet or other simple modifications can help. Plan on providing a history including diet/meds/supplements& emptying practices.Initial evaluation could result in a rx plan/tests or referral. I encourage u to arrange this soon as delays often slow recovery or detection of significant problems.
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