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What To Do For Constipation In Adults
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
Clean house.: First step is to have a "blow out." this can be started with manual disimpaction / enema and completed with a cathartic such as magnesium citrate. Afterwards you should start a program of additive agents such as senna / docusate and perhaps an osmotic agent depending upon the nature of your constipation. The goal is one formed bm/day. ...Read more
What is the hardest type of doctor and why . Also how many years do they have to go to school for ?
Depends on you!: Every doctor goes to medical school for a period of four years after undergraduate school. Then, there's residency - and that can take anywhere from 3 to 6 years, plus advanced fellowships beyond this for further specialization. But what's hard for one person may be easy for another. It often boils down to personal "fit.". ...Read more
Depends on age.: Conservatively (infants 3-4 mos or less) always contact your care provider if a "rectal temperature" is over 100.4-101f. For those older and no other risk factors-no chronic medical conditions-"comfort" care and not becoming fearful of fever. Fever is not itself evil-merely a symptom of other issues-infection. Comfort doesn't always mean medication either. Discuss with doctor to lessen stress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
varies: It varies based upon the size of the curvature and the degree of symptoms. From purely a structural perspective, curvatures less than 45 degrees usually dont progress, but larger ones do. So, for example, in the case of an adult with a 70 degree curve, surgery is the only option that can keep a curve from progressing. From a symptomatic perspective, there are many non operative things that help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Replenish fluids: The fluids should be given orally if possible and should include electrolytes. Something like gatorade would be reasonable or pedialyte. However, if the condition is serious and patients can not take oral fluid, it will have to be given iv. Also severe electrolyte abnormalities can be present in the elderly so blood chemistry may need to checked. ...Read more
Lifestyle changes: Are essential. Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio ; weight training. You can mix ; match different kinds of physical exercise. This site helps determine calories burned for > 100 activities: http://www.Prohealth.Com/weightloss/tools/exercise/calculator1_2.Cfm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"Cure" for diarrhea: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), ; duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis. ...Read more
Usually observation: Depending on the age, observation and symptomatic treatment is all that is needed. Suctioning of the nose to keep the nostrils open is key. If the air is dry, a cool mist humidifier may be of benefit. Observe for fever or other signs of infection and make sure the babe is warm, clean and dry and loved a lot. If concerned, see your pcp. Otc meds should only be used with advice of pcp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fiber is good but: If you are not drinking enough fluid it can lead to constipation. Remember caffeine and alcohol dehydrate and lead to constipation. Generally i recommend 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluids every day. It will take 10-14 days of this regimen to see improvement. If not better need to have a GI workup for other causes of constipation. ...Read more
Diet- fiber/exercise: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active with regular exercise. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. ...Read more
Bronchitis: Bronchitis is a loose term thrown around to indicate chest infection. "Bronchitis" in children is a viral infection typically treated supportively. I believe you may mean bronchiolitis which indicates a viral infection in the small airways of the lungs. This can be observed with no medication, but may require nebulizer medications. If you need more info, please request virtual consult. ...Read more
In young children how can you tell the difference between add and behavior issues, especially in boys. My son is 7 - unsure of what to do to help him?
Standard tests: There are a number of different standardized tests that have been made to differentiate between disorders like add, odd, conduct disorders, anxiety disorders, childhood depression - the list goes on.All of these can cause behavioral symptoms. You need to find a pediatrician who has a special interest in behavioral problems, or a developmental pediatrician or pediatric psychiatrist to help sort out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bone remodeling: In general no treatment is given for having bowlegs (internal tibial torsion). When children have it they almost always remodel their bones as they start walking. Adults can't change the shape of their bones as easily but bones still respond to pressure. Theoretically you can do serial casting over many months (or years) to try to force the bones to straighten. ...Read more
Fiber and fluids: Simple constipation usually responds to a diet rich in fiber (bran, whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables) and increased fluid intake (water is sufficient). Several significant causes of constipation other than bad diet should be investigated with the help of your doctor e.g. Hypothroidism, hirschprung's disease among others. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What symptoms do you look for to screen for acid reflux versus delayed gastric emptying in an infant? How does one know when to refer to specialist?
Timing of vomiting: Many children spit up, some a lot. The time after feeding is key for deciding if the stomach has delayed emptying. Infants should have an empty stomach by 2 hours or so after eating, so if a child throws up 4 hrs or more after eating, they likely have delayed emptying. Poor weight gain, poor appetite and cough are all reasons for a referral. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more
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