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What is the most popular way to fix constipation problems?

What is the most popular way to fix constipation problems?

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Constipation In Adults (Definition)

Constipation refers to difficulty having a bowel movement or a decrease in the number of bowel movements. Not everyone has BM every day, but going beyond three days is probably too long. Constipation has numerous causes which you will learn ...Read more


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What are gentle remedies for constipation?

What are gentle remedies for constipation?

Choices: There are number of things that can gently ease constipation. Hydration (fluids) first. Next adding fiber to your diet. Certain foods can help (exs. Prune juice, black coffee, smooth moving teas, certain probiotics).There are stool softeneres which can help (colace) and there are also oral laxatives (ex. Milk of magnesia). ...Read more

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What natural remedies for constipation in adults are there?

What natural remedies for constipation in adults are there?

Diet and fluids: A good high fiber diet and plenty of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids should do the trick...Nothing more nothing less. 80-100 ounces of fluids per day at a minimum. ...Read more

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Have constipation in adults, what to do to treat it?

Have constipation in adults, what to do to treat it?

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

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Any connection between gluten and constipation in adults?

Any connection between gluten and constipation in adults?

Celiac: yes , celiac can only manifest with constipation . Celiac disease has a wide array of symptoms ranging from stomach ache to seizures ...Read more

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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?

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

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Will wheat and rice cereal cause constipation in an adult?

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

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How dangerous is for an adult to drink baby oil? Is baby oil the same as mineral oil for constipation?

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

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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.

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

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Can adult Hirschsprungs that's causing constipation from splexic flexure on down cause pain near spleen and pelvic bone swelling from inflammation?

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

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Im 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.

Im 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

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What to do for constipation for a 9week old?

What to do for constipation for a 9week old?

Infant stools: First thing is to make sure it is constipation. Infants stools are a cause of concern for many parents as they seem to always be changing! if a baby has been breastfed, and is having soft stools, he is not constipated even if he seems to be straining. Some breast fed infants have stools several times per day, others couple times per week. If stools are hard try 1 oz pear juice as needed. ...Read more

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What to do for constipation problem during cold?

What to do for constipation problem during cold?

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

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Not sure what to do for constipation. Do you have any tips?

Fluid and fiber: Foods high in fat tend to constipate you. Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated. Drink plenty of non-caffinated, non-alcoholic fluids to keep stools soft. Fiber can also be added to a glass of water. If this does not work see a GI specialist, there may be another cause of your issu. ...Read more

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Puborectalis&external anal sphincter dyssynergia for a year. severe constipation doesn't respond to dietry changes&water.what to do for constipation?

Puborectalis&external anal sphincter dyssynergia for a year. severe constipation doesn't respond to dietry changes&water.what to do for constipation?

Constipation: If you have the urge but cannot move your bowels,insert a rectal dulcolax suppository or a fleets enema. Sometimes manual disimpaction or full tap waster enema is needed. If you have no urge at all, take oral laxative like fleets phosphosoda, milk of magnesia or dulcolax tablets. Presence of abdominal distension, severe cramps or vomiting requires a physician's prompt attention. Daily senokotS ok ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

The difficulty passing stool or infrequent stools. ...Read more