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)  
    Constipation means that a person has three or fewer bowel movements in a week. The stool can ... are many things you can do to prevent constipation. They include Eating more fruits, vegetables and grains, ...
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  3. Eldercare at Home: Constipation (AGS Foundation for Health in Aging)  
    Constipation/Older Adults ... Constipation ... Caregiver Guide: Constipation Problems > Understanding the Problem Constipation occurs when bowel movements are small, ...
  4. Treatment for Constipation in Children From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... you and your doctor can treat your child’s constipation. You often can treat a child’s constipation by changing what he or she eats and ...
  5. Constipation (Nemours Foundation)  
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  6. Treatment for Constipation From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
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  7. Definition and Facts for Constipation in Children From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
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  8. Definition and Facts for Constipation From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    Overview of constipation, a condition in which you have fewer than three bowel movements a week. You may need treatment if you have long-lasting constipation.
  9. Symptoms and Causes of Constipation From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    Overview of constipation symptoms and causes. See a doctor if you have bleeding in your rectum, blood in your stool, or ... Constipation symptoms, constipation causes, irritable bowel syndrome, IBS, IBS-C, GI problems, digestive problems, functional GI disorders
  10. Diagnosis of Constipation From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... how doctors diagnose and find the cause of constipation by using a medical and family history, a ... Constipation diagnosis, anorectal function tests, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colorectal transit study, lower GI series, CT scan, MRI, ...
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