Constipation

Constipation means that a person has three or fewer bowel movements in a week. The stool can be hard and dry. Sometimes it is painful to pass. At one time or another, almost everyone gets constipated. In most cases, it lasts a short time and is not serious.

There are many things you can do to prevent constipation. They include

  • Eating more fruits, vegetables and grains, which are high in fiber
  • Drinking plenty of water and other liquids
  • Getting enough exercise
  • Taking time to have a bowel movement when you need to
  • Using laxatives only if your doctor says you should
  • Asking your doctor if medicines you take may cause constipation

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  1. Constipation (National Library of Medicine)  
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  7. Eldercare at Home: Constipation (AGS Foundation for Health in Aging)  
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  8. Constipation and Cancer Treatment From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)  
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  9. Treatment for Constipation in Children From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
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  10. Constipation (Nemours Foundation)  
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