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A 19-year-old female asked:

i feel rlly bloated and uncomfortable because i couldnt go one morning. should i take stool softener tonight or prune juice?

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Prune juice : I think prune juice would be a good way to start, particularly if it has worked for you in the past. If this happens to you frequently, I would try to increase the amount of fiber that you take in, and also increase the amount of your fluid intake. Good luck.

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Why is my 2 year old daughters stool always a shade of green? I rarely give her juice or food coloring so it cannot be the dye...

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