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A 30-year-old member asked:

what causes constipation that lasts for a week?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Many causes: Lack of fluid and fiber are usual causes of constipation, others being laxative abuse, medication effects, neurologic disorders, inestinal obstruction etc. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/constipation/ds00063.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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.

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How can I alleviate my 10-month-old's constipation?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
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.
A member asked:

What is the treatment for constipation?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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.
Dr. Anthony Filly
Radiology 26 years experience
Miralax is also good but agree, proper diet is best
Aug 2, 2013
A 33-year-old member asked:

Do medications cause constipation?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is constipation common?

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Dr. Elaine Peterson
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 answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
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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