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How To Use Suppositories For Constipation
Probably safe: If they are simple otc , have been stored correctly and are not antiques you should be fine. If they are a special prescription formula, have been exposed to bad environments and are rancid, moldy, dried out, etc.... Skip it and buy some. Americans are more picky than folk from other countries - expired goods are all some can get in some places. Use common sense and i hope you feel better soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1st Dietary Measures: Dr mcgraw's answer is true. But if constipated, meaning discomfort with defecation, then more dietary fiber such as prunes or vegies. Also consider if there is anything being eaten that binds the baby. For example , milk/dairy is common cause of constipation in children. Suppositoties are more a last resort in my opinion. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have extreme constipation and I am forced to use suppositories all the time. How to treat this for good?
Careful: With taking excess fiber, as too much fiber along with inadequate fluids can make the constipation worse. Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and a liquid diet only until passing stool is best. Then avoiding recurrent constipation requires 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily with no more than 25 grams of fiber daily. If keeps recurring, you may need a colonoscopy if you haven't had one recently. ...Read more
From Above: A better overall strategy is to help constipation " from above" so to speak. Increased fluids, vegetables, salad, perhaps a daily spoonful of metamucil are all helpful. Add in a daily dose of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or mineral oil and you should be able to have soft daily stools. Using glycerin suppository is safe, however, if the above strategies aren't helping. ...Read more
Is it safe to give an infant of 1 month a suppository? How often and what's best for infant constipation?
Sometimes: Many children become constipated but it is by no means normal - many parents use an occasional glycerin suppository without issue but you really should discuss this with your doctor and have the child checked as this is not normal and possibly a change in diet or a medication may be more helpful especially if this is chronic ...Read more
Our 1 month old on soy formula is constipated once a week. How often can she be given a suppository? Any suggestions on helping with constipation?
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