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Constipation In Adults In Children
Change your diet and: 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. ...Read more
I'm 8 weeks pregnant & my prenatals are causing constipation from the iron. Are the childrens or adult gummy vitamins ok? Some of them lack calcium etc.
Add fiber: Hi heather ~ the iron, as well as hormonal changes, are causing the constipation. Thus changing your vitamin is unlikely to solve your problem. Iron and Folic Acid are the most important elements of a prenatal vitamin. Try increasing your water intake, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and adding a fiber supplement (such as metamucil). ...Read more
How many time should a healthy adult, who drinks a lot of water go to the toilet. When do you know for sure its constipation and you need medication?
Hard difficult BM: Constipation is a hard, difficult, painful bowel movement. Drinking a lot of water helps but so would more fiber in your diet. The frequency of the bowel movement is not as important as the consistency and pain associated with the bowel movement. A easily passed bm every three days would not be considered constipation by most mds. ...Read more
What kind of foods are best for children with constipation problems. Yogurt vs Greek Yogurt, supplements or other? What foods are to be avoided?
Constipation: Probiotics are helpful, but I prefer a diet high in fiber. Think figs, prunes, sweet potatoes, whole grains (Multigrain Cheerios, breads), and just about any vegetable you can get them to eat. Greek yogurt is all the rage regarding fats, but I would simply just steer away from artificial flavors and colors (and let's not forget about high fructose corn syrup). I also like molasses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Dilation of the rectum and/or pressure on the pelvic structures form dilated colon can indeed cause discomfort that goes into the pelvic and groin area. Increase fiber, increase fluids and if continued constipation, talk to doc about use of stool softeners like miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more
Fiber?: White rice and farina (the white bread of hot cereals) have no fiber to speak of. Brown rice has a bit more. Whole wheat cereal, e.g. Wheaten a, whole oats, e.g. Oatmeal, oat bran have more fiber. Can't have a decent stool without adequate fiber. In general, aim for 25-35gm/day. Lots of good sources of fiber, r.G. Beans, fruit/veg, whole grains. Lots of good info online. ...Read more
How dangerous is for an adult to drink baby oil? Is baby oil the same as mineral oil for constipation?
Don't do it!: Uncertain--i can find no exact references in pubmed re: ingestion of baby oil. Nevertheless, there are well characterized syndromes associated with aspiration of toxic oils with resulting pneumonitis, as well as in the 1990's an eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome associated with toxic-oil intake, diffuse fasciitis, & eosinophilia. Don't take a chance! Still in doubt, call the poison control center. ...Read more
Am adult of 22 years. My lead level in blood is 43.15.Suffering from loose stools n constipation. I want some diet tips to treat it naturally.
Need to treat: I am skeptical that your sky high lead levels will drop with "natural" approaches. See your doctor and start recommended protocol, as risk to you too high to experiment with unproven approaches. ...Read more
Can adult Hirschsprungs that's causing constipation from splexic flexure on down cause pain near spleen and pelvic bone swelling from inflammation?
Can cause pain:
Yes it can cause pain in abdomen but will not cause pelvic bone swelling.
Just inquisitive why you are asking this question. If you have adult Hirchsprung Disease you should be under care of a physician. Although thickening and massive dilatation of colon occurs in adult Hirchsprung Disease. Only treatment is the surgical removal of the affected part of the colon ...Read more
Baby is 3 months. Had just started period in Oct. Nov 26 LMP sex 12/10. Bloated feeling like stomachs is turning constipation tired mood swings am I pregnant. Didn't have these symptoms with other children?
My children are constipated constantly, 1 & 3. I add benfiber milk and it seems to help some. Both were on soy as baby, help?
Hard age to work wth: Constipation occurs if digestive debris moves too slowly thru the gut, has excessive moisture extracted &/or the kid decides to skip poos. Foods like apples, pasta, breads slow transit while juices speed it. Most parents stop rx too soon.Fiber or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) taken daily are fine for months at a time. A simple rx rule is to rx for twice the duration of the pbm. Recurrence is common until kid decides to help. ...Read more
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