Information about Constipation
We Have to Know about the Constipation
- Difficult and painful passing of a hardened stool.
Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions
Causes of Constipation
- Too little fiber and/or too little water
- Voluntary delay of bowel movements.
- Lack of exercise
- Pain caused by hemorrhoids and anal fissures
- Excessive amounts of calcium in the blood due to hyperparathyroidism
- Diseases of the nervous system, such as Hirschsprung’s disease or diseases affecting the whole nervous system such as spinal cord damage
Do’s and Don’ts of Constipation
Signs & Symptoms of Constipation
- Cramping and pain in the rectum along with bloating and nausea.
- Small amounts of bright red blood appear on the stool.
- Appetite may be suppressed.
- Frequent urination.
- Chronic constipation- Involuntary release of urine and constipation alternating with liquid diarrhea
Medical advice for Constipation
Risk factors of Constipation
- If you’re pregnant, bouts of constipation can occur because of hormonal changes
Treatment for Constipation
Self-care for Constipation
- High-fiber foods.
- Cereals containing 3 g or more of dietary fiber per serving.
- Add 100% bran cereal or unprocessed wheat bran to cereal or soup and choose fiber-containing snacks, such as whole grain crackers, fresh fruits (apricots, peaches, pears, raisins, figs, and dates), raw vegetables (cauliflower), popcorn, nuts, and seeds.
- Pulses (dried peas, beans, and lentils) and nuts
- Avoid foods that are high in fat and sugar. Constipation may worsen with diets high in fat, sugar, protein or dairy products.
- Drink enough fluids.
- For babies and young children: Breastfeed your infant.
- Add the correct amount of water to the infant’s formula.
- Give grape, pear, or apple juice twice a day.
- Avoid too many dairy products, such as milk, ice cream, cheese, and curd.