If your toddler is having bowel movements fewer than three times a week, seems to strain when going to the bathroom or passes hard stools, he or she may be constipated. Diet, illness and emotional stress can cause constipation, which can often be remedied at home. Although in many cases natural remedies can help relieve constipation in […]

What can I do about my two-year-old’s constipation?

Midwife and health visitor. Constipation in a toddler can be caused by: not eating enough fibre not drinking enough fluids drinking too much milk and not enough water lack of exercise and activity being anxious about potty training can make your child “hold in” her poo, which can make constipation worse If your toddler is constipated, it will […]

How can I tell if my toddler is constipated?

When it comes to a toddler’s bowel movements, there’s no “normal” number or schedule — just what’s normal for your child. She may pass a stool after every meal, or wait one or two days or more between bowel movements. Her individual pattern depends on what she eats and drinks, how active she is, and […]

Medications that cause constipation

A frequently over-looked cause of constipation is medications. The most common offending medications include: Narcotic pain medications such ascodeine (for example, Tylenol #3),oxycodone (for example, Percocet), and hydromorphone (Dilaudid); Antidepressants such as amitriptyline(Elavil, Endep) and imipramine(Tofranil) Anticonvulsants such as phenytoin(Dilantin) and carbamazepine(Tegretol) Iron supplements Calcium channel blocking drugs such as diltiazem (Cardizem) and nifedipine(Procardia) Aluminum-containing antacids such asaluminum hydroxide suspension(Amphojel) and aluminum carbonate(Basaljel) In addition to the medications […]

Other causes of constipation

Other causes of constipation Habit Bowel movements are under voluntary control. This means that the normal urge people feel when they need to have a bowel movement can be suppressed. Although occasionally it is appropriate to suppress an urge to defecate (for example, when a bathroom is not available), doing this too frequently can lead […]

How is constipation evaluated (diagnosed)?

A careful history and physical examination is important in all patients with constipation. There are many tests that can be used to evaluate constipation. Most patients need only a few basic tests. The other tests are reserved for individuals who have severe constipation or whose constipation does not respond easily to treatment. Medical History A […]

What Is Constipation?

The word constipation comes from the Latin constipare meaning “to press, crowd together”, and from 1400 A.D. LatinConstipationem. According to Medilexicon’smedical dictionary, constipation is “A condition in which bowel movements are infrequent or incomplete”. Constipation is also known as costiveness, and irregularity. Constipation is a condition of the digestive system. The sufferer has hard feces that are difficult to expel. […]

Constipation Remedies 7 Natural Methods to Get Relief

Natural Remedies for Constipation 1) Fiber A diet low in fiber may play a role in constipation. Insoluble fiber, which passes through the body almost unchanged, gives stools bulk and a soft texture, making them easier to pass. Foods that are high in insoluble fiber include whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Try wheat bran, brown […]

What are the signs of infant constipation?

Infant constipation is the passage of hard, dry bowel movements — not necessarily the absence of daily bowel movements. Infant constipation often begins when a baby transitions from breast milk to formula or begins eating solid foods. If your newborn seems to be constipated, contact his or her doctor for advice. If your older baby […]