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what can be done to cure a severe constipation?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Diet and fluids: A good high fiber diet and plenty of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids should do the trick...Nothing more nothing less. 80-100 ounces of fluids per day at a minimum.

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Is something in my 9-month-old's diet causing him to pass very hard stools?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Adam Naddelman
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: A lot of 9 month old babies begin to rely more on food and less on liquid for their daily nutritional needs. Very often, a baby gets a bit constipated at 9 months due to a decrease in their fluid intake. Adding some extra formula, breast milk, water, or even water mixed with a small amount of prune juice or white grape juice can often solve this problem. If it persists, consult your doctor.
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Can solid food cause constipation?

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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes: Any food or drink has the potential to cause constipation or diarrhea, though more common culprits are grains (rice or occasionally gluten-containing grains) and bananas. If you made a change and saw a worrisome change in stool frequency or consistency, eliminate the most recent foods and try again later.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can I try suppositories to relieve my baby's constipation?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Yes: Talk to your pediatrician first, but infant glycerin suppositories are available over-the-counter and can be used to soften hard stool in constipated infants.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have constipation during pregnancy?

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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Yes: It is very common to have constipation when you are pregnant. A pregnant woman may become constipated or have constipation that worsens due to all or some of the following reasons: pregnancy itself; prenatal vitamins (extra iron); dietary changes. Solutions? Consult with your obstetrician and try increasing your intake of fluids, fiber, fruits and vegetables; adding natural fiber stool softners.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can constipation be avoided in children?

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Dr. Becky White
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Healthy food: Eating healthy foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables helps prevent constipation along with drinking plenty of water. If your child is chronically constipated despite eating healthy, see your doctor.

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