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A 18-year-old male asked:

how to soften stools?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No other disease?: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful medication too. Exercise also helps.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Stool softener/fiber: First, be sure you are staying well-hydrated with a good intake of water or other fluids. Adequate fiber in the diet is also important to keeping the stool soft. If these things are not enough then a stool softener such as docusate sodium can be used.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is a good way to soften stool naturally?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Stool softener: Eating fiber-rich foods, drinking lots of fluids and moving your body will ensure normal soft stools.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Do prunes soften stool?

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Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Prunes are high in fiber. Fiber acts like a sponge in the bowel. If you have diarrhea, it absorbs some of the water. If you have constipation, it attracts water into the bowel to lubricate it. The theory is the same with any high-fiber food or additive. Take plenty of fiber regularly, and be sure to drink plenty of water with it to stay regular.
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What foods can you to eat to soften stool?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Fiber : Fiber is the key. Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day & hydrate well with water - at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water per day. Prunes and prune juice are often used of constipation.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are some natural ways to soften stool?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Fiber: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

Which drinks help softening the stools?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No other disease?: A person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If it is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are leafy vegetables, water, PRUNE juice, prunes and similar fruits, fiber with water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, or other laxatives. Mild cases: APPLE juice may work, and can try other juices.

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