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Are Prunes Good For Helping Poor Bowel Movements
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Treating old constipation through any home remedies? Constipation as old as 2-3 years, lack of bowel movements, feeling lethargic, using laxatives.
Eat more fiber: Eat more fiber, eat more vegetables, if you up the amount of vegetables and natural fiber you eat, you should have no problem having bowel movements. Also exercising should help. If your diet is more than 25% fresh whole vegetables, raw or cooked, and you still don't have bowel movements you might need some tests to figure out why. ...Read more
I have good bowel function (5-6 bowel movements weekly, easily and effortlessly) and I have balanced diet. Is colon cleanse imprtant? I use aloe vera.
If stools are small, round, hard and infrequent, will docusate help regulate bowels and ease feeling of constipation?
Stool softeners: Ducosate is a stool softener. It will not regulate bowel movements. Try to increase your fiber intake along with water. You should take 6-8 glasses of water daily. If this does not work, try a gentile laxative such as miralax (polyethylene glycol). Avoid irritants like senna; as they can cause your bowels to become habituated to them. ...Read more
Irritable Bowel: A diet high in fiber such as bran, fruits and vegetables. Low fat, non-fried foods. Some people also have a lactose intolerance so it may be helpful to try lacy aid with dairy to see if that helps. I find that eating frequent small meals and eating when you don't feel well actually helps. ...Read more
Benefiber, Metamucil: The treatment for regulating hard constipated stools is threefold - changing your diet to take in more fiber, which holds onto water and softens the stool; drinking more water to keep the stool soft; and exercise, in particular walking, to assist in colon motility. Occasional use of laxatives is okay, but dependency can occur. ...Read more
Any danger using 1tbs milk of magnesia nightly long term for tendency to constipation? Diet is good plenty of fiber etc. dont like miralax (polyethylene glycol) or colace.
?: If you diet is good why do you need all these laxatives and softeners? No you cannot use milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) long term. Try water and exercise. Drink apple or prune juice. Get your system working on its own or you will be dependent on these softeners for the rest of your life. ...Read more
Fissure in rectum bleeds every bowel movement w/ lots of pain. Taking 4 fiber caps + 2 stool softeners daily, but not helping. What else to do to heal?
Nuprecaunal: ovet the counter can help with pain. Also you should take a stool softener to assure you are not straining. (Docusate twicw a day.). Also you should drink 8-12 glasses of water a day and eat several servings of fiber (fruits, veggies, bran flakes). You should heal. See your friendly doctor for an exam to be sure you indeed have anal fissure. Happy healing and good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the treatment for severe slow colon transit constipation? No laxatives work for me other than enema and stimulant. Doc mentioned Surgery??
AvoidSurgery, likely: end up with more problems: http://goo.gl/Blh6rW. Physical activity & avoiding delays in evacuation (when slightest urge) typically most effective strategies. Agents which bind water, best above ground veggies (trial & error for which & how much daily required) next best. Mental issues (infancy on) always relevant though hidden except via symptoms. Trial of linaclotide might help for symptoms. ...Read more
Since taking oatbran in a smoothie my bowel movements are getting harder, how much bran should you have daily?
Depends, more water!: How much fiber it takes to change your bowel habits varies from person to person. More fiber is great for you. Oat bran is fairly dense with it and it may need an increase in the amount of non-caloric, caffeine free liquids you take in. Chug-a-lug! And back off a little on the bran and increase more slowly if you're having problems with it. If you notice bloating, gas, simethicone helps. ...Read more
Fiber- are there any fiber drink mixes or supplements that are useful in bulking up stool to combat chronic IBS related diarrhea? Gluten free as well?
Change diet: Try a diet with plenty of vegetables, fruit and lean meat. Every morning when you wake up drink 32 ounces of water. It's ok if it takes you 15-20 minutes to do this. Try to drink another 32 ounces of water through out the rest of the day. This should jump start your digestive tract and get it functioning properly. If this doesn't work after 3-4 days I suggest you see an MD ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more
I am having stomach pain due to constipation. Stool softeners alone are not helping. Can I take Phillips Milk of Magnesia stimulant free with the stool softener? Currently prescribed tramadol for Ulnar nerve contusion with possible nerve damage.
I have ibs. What are some OTC meds that aid in alleviating constipation? I already take miralax (polyethylene glycol) and benefiber, but am looking for immediate relief.
Fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) : If you haven't tried it. Lots of fluids and fibers, fruits and veges. ...Read more
I am following strict liquid diet because of pain of external hemorrhoids. Worried that bowel movements might make pain worse. Is liquid diet good ide?
I'm 16 weeks pregnant and very constipated i've tried milk of magnesium and stool softeners nothing is helping is there any other laxative i can take?
Lots of antibiotics- stools were soft. Started eating good diet fruits/veggies. Stools now more solid, normal. Can good diet help after lots of meds?
I have had irregular bowel movements, but find laxatives like miralax (polyethylene glycol) do not help and cause bloating and constipation? Why?
Confusing?: Maybe you are confusing the cause (constipation=bloating, irregularity) with the effect of miralax, (polyethylene glycol) etc. Which gives easier, more regular bm's. Perhaps insufficient dosing, regular use rather than intermittent use, and other meds you might be on or other medical conditions are also a factor. Review your medications and problems with your doc and i'm sure a regular habit can be created. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What option is best for keeping stool soft long term while treating a fissure but avoiding dependence (colace, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or magnesium oxide)?
My 3 year old daughter has been constipated. I was able to soften her stools by giving her a little prune juice everyday. She had 2 days of really good bowel movements, but hasn't gone at all today. Now tonight she has a fever. Could this be related to th
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My 8-months old baby has not had a bowel movement in 4 days. The prune and pair juices do not help, although she does not seem in pain. Any suggestion?
Need to determine : That by yourself by trial and error. Don't go on someone else's say so, as everyone is different and need different amounts to get the same results. Only you can do this. Good luck. ...Read more
Can I give my 3 week old a little prune juice in her bottle? She is having a terrible time with bowel movements
2 questions, is it OK to give a 5 yr old prune juice? Does a 5 yr old need to have a bowel movement everyday
Yes OK, ideal but...: It's fine to give a 5 yo prune juice, a safe and gentle laxative. No one absolutely needs to have a bowel movement every single day, though I believe it is best for our health to do so. But if the child has no distress it is not essential. Minimize need for prune juice with a high-fiber diet (rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts), lots of water and physical activity.Probiotics may help too. ...Read more
Why haven't I had a bowel movement? Its been about a week and this is extremely scary. I've had everything from prune juice to mag citrate, still nothig
6 days without bowel movement due to medications. Laxatives & prune juice aren't working. What should I do? (I am working away so can't see GP)
Stop the meditations: That seems to be the obvious choice ...Read more
My 5 month old daughter screams each time she has a bowel movement. She was constipated so we were giving her prune juice. It's not as thick now.
Constipation checkup: Constipation at this age needs to be checked to rule out other medical condition that can cause discomfort while passing BM, such as a rectal fissure and other digestive problem. Prune juice and Karo syrup can provide temp relief & Vegie baby foods Adjust dose if BM's get loose. If baby is on formula, a change may be beneficial.Some breast fed babies, whose mothers have cnstipation show the sign ...Read more
6 days no bowel movement due to NECESSARY medications for illnesses I have. Laxatives & prune juice not worked. What should I do? (I am away so no GP)
Constipation: Without knowing what medications you are taking, it is difficult to give advice to avoid interactions with your meds. Be sure you are drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily. Try fiber like methylcellulose or high fiber foods like whole grains and green leafy vegetables. Over the counter stool softeners might help - docusate. Avoid bananas and white rice - constipating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 84 year old mum is quite frail and housebound. She has only had 2 worthwhile bowel movements in 8 days. Senna+ prune juice +laxido not working. ?
How about water?: Before we become too alarmed, is she drinking adequate water? Elderly people very easily become dehydrated, and (believe it or not) a bowel movement is about 75% water. So none of the stuff you mentioned will really work too well if she’s not drinking enough water throughout the day. ...Read more
How can I have a bowel movement? I've been constipated for like 6 days and im starting to get worried. I've had enemas, prune juice, suppositories etc.
My five year old daughter has had problems with her bowel movement. After giving her several laxitives like prunes and milk of magnesia she has increased bowel movement. A lot of bowel movement and a little bit of blood was in the excrement. Should i ta
Occasionally, : Occasionally, the passing of a large, hard stool can cause a small tear in the anus. You may see a small amount of blood on the outside of the stool from the tear. The best way to treat this is to continue using stool softeners for the next week to avoid another hard stool re-tearing the area while it heals. Sitz baths and good hygiene are also very helpful. You should give her doctor a call also, to discuss her constipation and create a prevention plan to avoid this problem in the future. Reasons to go to the er would be: - continued bleeding - profuse bleeding - severe abdominal pain - high fever - if the child is acting very ill. ...Read more
7 month old having regular bowel movements that are solid. Tried prunes and juice for two days but no luck? How do I help soften her stools and is she constipated?
Be patient: Full strength prune or apple juice in quantities of 1-2 oz 1-2x daily will often work.However, it takes a minimum of 3-4 days of continuous use for it to move through their system.Most people also dilute it & you should not. ...Read more
My bowel movements are very weak right now. I sometimes have to drink prune juice or something to help me poop. Am i constipated?
It stools are: Hard, dry ; difficult to pass - you are likely constipated. It is important to try not to get hemorrhoids in the first place. 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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