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Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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What should I do after constipation relief from enema?

Diet: Diet modification is iin order. Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables, reduce milk and milk products and increase amount of hi fiber cereals and nuts. ...Read more

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My parents insisted on giving me enema for my constipation for 4 days, i don't know what enema?Does it hurt and should I take it, please help!

My parents insisted on giving me enema for my constipation for 4 days, i don't know what enema?Does it hurt and should I take it, please help!

Try oral laxatives : Have you tried laxatives already? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) otc should work well. Enema is unpleasant and is used as last resort. You should also talk to your local doctor on how to regulate your bowel if you are chronically constipated. Taking food rich in fibers or fibers supplement would help. ...Read more

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Which is better to relieve slight constipation due to eating too many vegetables, a hot water enema or a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

Which is better to relieve slight constipation due to eating too many vegetables, a hot water enema or a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

Before self-treating: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full ; bloated. Had an x-ray to show you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study ; anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Tried liquid suppository, MOM, mineral oil enema, still no BM from constipation due to meds and bruised ribs! What can I do now for immediate relief??

Magnesium citrate: You have correctly tried transrectal route for relief of your constipation. It is also helpful to treat from above with oral laxatives. One bottle of overt the counter magnesium citrate should work. If not you may need to seek medical care/advice. ...Read more

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Hello dr.i m constipated often from birth (hirchsprung) ? But now got severe faecaloma doctors giving enemas but not working to break it down ?

Hello dr.i m constipated often from birth (hirchsprung) ? But now got severe faecaloma doctors giving enemas but not working to break it down ?

Constipation: Having severe constipation from hisrsprung disease need to be treated very aggressive. The next step in treatment is to check with doctor or ER about manual disimpacrion. The last resort is surgery. ...Read more

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Extremely constipated. Tried laxatives, taking Metamucil (fiber capsules) every day, tried an enema. Have got only a little relief. Please help!

Extremely constipated. Tried laxatives, taking Metamucil (fiber capsules) every day, tried an enema. Have got only a little relief. Please help!

Go see your doctor: Because you live in australia, i don't know what's available over there with(out) a prescription so best to go see your doctor (who can also check for hypothyroidism). Avoid older antihistamines which can lead to constipation & urinary retention. Lots of different laxatives. Consider polyethylene glycol (available here in states w/o prescription), magnesium citrate, lactulose, senna, etc. ...Read more

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4yr old daughter had been constipated i was told to give an enema she had lrg watery bm w/some firm stool, is she clear out&should i give miralax (polyethylene glycol) tom

4yr old daughter had been constipated i was told to give an enema she had lrg watery bm w/some firm stool, is she clear out&should i give miralax (polyethylene glycol) tom

Constipation Rx: The general rule of toddler treatment is to provide a wetting agent like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) & aggressively manage past stooling issues for twice the duration of the constipation or 6mo, whichever is least. A clean out of large bm followed by some watery material does not mean the work is done. The baloon like lower bowel needs time to shrink back to normal & staying as empty as possible will help that. ...Read more

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What to do for baby constipation besides enema?

What to do for baby constipation besides enema?

Define & use natural: If your baby is having firm stools that are hard to pass, i accept the label.If breast fed, stooling less often& skipping days i would leave it alone if still soft.I've had success with undiluted prune or apple juice, 1oz once or twice daily.Water may also help . The aap doesn't advocate many foods before 6mo & i encourage moms to wait until they sit..Avoid apple sauce/bananas/cereal for sure if hard. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more