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This refers to incomplete, inadequate, hard and infrequent bowel movements

What to look for


Nausea, headaches, anxiety and general discomfort. If your stools are hard and are difficult or painful to pass. If you haven’t had bowel movements in three days for adults and four days for children constipation is simply the interference with the action of the peristalsis, this is the muscle that passes the food along your intestines there is no right amount of bowel movements you should have, it is entirely up to you depending what you eat and how often and your lifestyle and the type of person you are. but if there is a gap of about 3 days since your last movement, and this is not normal for you, you may have constipation.



There are a number of possible causes: you are not eating enough fibre or drinking enough water, avoiding going to the toilet if you know you need to, also the way of your lifestyle not getting e Stubborn, chronic constipation may also be a symptom of more serious disorders, including diabetes, depression, multiple sclerosis, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s disease and colorectal cancer. Especially children starting school or a new venture becomes victims of constipation. Babies who are bottle-fed tend to have more constipation than breast-fed babies.

If your child has minor splits or tears in the anus from straining or other irritations they tend to avoid using the toilet because of the pain.

Dietary Considerations

Try a fibre supplement. Remember to drink plenty of water with this supplement. After waking up in the morning drink a glass of warm water with the juice of a whole lemon in it, this is another way to treat constipation.

To Sum Up

To help with your constipation you must eat more fibre you should drink six to eight glasses of water a day, this is in addition to your regular drinks with meals. Go to the toilet at the same time every day, preferably after a meal and take enough time to let your bowels move fully. If you need to move your bowels at other times, don't stop yourself.

When to seek further professional advice

If you or your child has been constipated for two weeks, with recurrent abdominal pain if you have blood in your stools, you have lower a abdominal pain then trying to pass stools, if you started taking a new prescription drug or mineral supplements or vitamin and you develop constipation you may need to discontinue or change your dosage. If you are disabled or elderly and have been constipated for a week or more; you may have an impacted stool.

Alternative/Natural Treatment

Alternative practitioners will encouraging you to correct your lifestyle. this will include adding more fibre, drinking plenty of filtered water and exercising regularly to your diet.

Herbal Therapies: You can purchase potentially useful herbal remedies. Try medium amounts to test the effect they have on you or take them as recommended by a Professional. 
Homoeopathy: there is remedies that can help you.

Traditional Treatment

By including more fibre to your diet can help with constipation, and if necessary take a laxative. However, be aware that the prolonged use of laxatives is not good and may lead to a dependency other action may have to be taken if the problem is more severe.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-19