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My four and half year old daughter has severe constipation since she was a year old. What is suitable diet for her? Also is there any treatment?

My four and half year old daughter has severe constipation since she was a year old. What is suitable diet for her? Also is there any treatment?

Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Benefiber: Chronic constipation stretches the rectum. The urge to go decreases & children withhold. The stool becomes drier & harder leading to painful & difficult movements. It requires lengthy & persistent treatment to allow the rectum to regain muscle tone. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a tasteless, odorless powder that increases the water content of stool. Talk to your pediatrician. Goal: one soft stool per day. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Obstipation (Definition)

Obstipation is a symptom in which one has severe constipation, often ...Read more


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I'm 8 months pregnant w/ severe constipation for 6 day i've tried several home remedies & OTC & still no relief. I'm having chills & sweats as well.

I'm 8 months pregnant w/ severe constipation for 6 day i've tried several home remedies & OTC & still no relief. I'm having chills & sweats  as well.

Try vitamin C: Try 2-3, 000 mg of buffered vitamin c every hour; it should have a laxative effect within a few hours and may also help the chills and sweats if due to a virus. You can press on certain acupressure points which may help as well- see http://www.Herbalshop.Com/acupressure/acupressure_16.Html i would advise you also contact your obstetrician or midwife to tell them about your symptoms. ...Read more

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What is obstipation and dyschezia? What tests are used for the diagnosis?

What is obstipation and dyschezia?  What tests are used for the diagnosis?

Constipation: This means you have severe constipation and difficulty actually defecating or having a bowel movement. None of your medications and the procedures you listed should not affect this function. There can be many reasons for these problems, but there are standard definitions of constipation (# of bowel movements per week, form of the stool, consistency, size, etc). ...Read more

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Treatments for obstipation?

Prevention: Prevent obstipation (constipation) with drinking plenty of liquids, take fiber supplements like metamucil, eat healthy high fiber foods and avoid junk foods, use enemas (fleets) and laxative like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) from the drug store. See a doctor if you develop abdominal pain or vomiting. ...Read more

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What are the complications of bowel obstipation in kids?

What are the complications of bowel obstipation in kids?

Chronic constipation: Can lead to encopresis, (liquid stool leaking around impacted stool), distention of the colon, difficulty toilet training, stool with-holding; also, diverticulosis/ diverticulitis & possible increased incidence of colon cancer in one's 40's. It requires thorough clean-out with go-litely or enemas, then MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) & bowel re-training for at least 6 mos, aiming for soft stools at least every other day. ...Read more