constipation

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Constipation is difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools.
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Hello. Recommend drinking at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day and including at least 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day. Try to include foods with a good fiber content. Try to decrease junk food. Try to be physically active - i.e., walking at least 20 minutes or more per day.
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Dr. You Sung Sang answered:

Signs of constipation?

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Infrequent, hard stools with straining.
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Is constipation common?

Yes

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Yes, constipation is common. Many studies report a that 12-19% of the population suffer from constipation, but as high of 27% has been reported in some studies.
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Dr. Eric Kaplan answered:

Constipation how to cure?

Change your diet and

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fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids
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Dr. Eric Kaplan answered:

What causes constipation?

Low fiber

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and not enough fluids especially if much of your fluid intake is caffeine and or alcohol both of which dehydrate and constipate. Excess foods with calcium or iron such as cheeses and dairy products can constipate. Even if you ate the right foods but didn't drink the correct amount and types of fluids you could get constipated. Fluids are critical!!! STOP the caffeine!!!
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Dr. Ryan Stanton answered:

how to treat constipation?

Fluids and fiber

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Increase fluids/water and increase your fiber intake. If this doesn't work, talk to your doctor about whether a more extensive bowel regiment is indicated.
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Dr. Joshua Bleier answered:

what defines constipation?

Infrequent bm

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Infrequent or difficult bowel movements, usually less than one per day or two
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2 year child constipation?

Change his/her diet

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Constipation often happens with toddlers. They are generally picky eaters. Increase water, fruits, veggies, fruit juices, and fiber. Have a daily poop schedule to encourage taking the time to defecate. If the problem continues you may need to see your doctor for stool softeners or laxatives.
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how to treat constipation?

Constipation

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Dr. Bryan H. Levey answered:

What causes constipation? 

Many things

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Constipation can be caused by lot of problems. Though usually diet related, other causes are medications (narcotics) or (less commonly) hypothyroidism. The first thing you should do is evaluate how much water you are taking in a day (>8 cups/day) and how much fiber you are eating (25 to 35 g/day). If that doesn't work, look to see if you are taking too many constipating foods like dairy or pasta
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