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i'm constipated, please help! it's been over a week. what can i do?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hydrate: 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. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter.

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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.
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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
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A 46-year-old member asked:

How do I avoid developing constipation?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Diet & emptying: Stool consistancy depends on two main factors: what u eat & how long it stays in the system. After nutrient removal, the watery debris passes thru the lg bowel where water is removed.The longer it stays in, the firmer/drier it will be.If you make 7oz of poo/d you should empty 7 or more.Some foods(apples, pasta) slow transit, some(fruits, vegies) speed transit.Regular effective emptying help u avoid it.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What happens if I leave my constipation untreated?

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Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 28 years experience
Constipation: At minimum, you should see a doctor and have a colonoscopy. If this test is normal, then the question is what exactly are your symptoms, and what is the frequency, severity, and impact on function of these symptoms. If constipation cause you to not eat, lose weight, and become ill, or if you cannot work or function socially because of these, it should be treated.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Are there any situations when I should not treat constipation myself?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: Mild intermittent constipation can be self-treated. However, these are important issues to discuss periodically with your doctor. She may want to evaluate for potential causes of constipation as well as provide guidance for treatment.

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