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Constipation: Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors

By on April 22, 2012 in Diseases, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

What is constipation? 

Constipation is a common digestive problem that makes it difficult bowel movement. It is possible that bowel movements are infrequent. You may be very hard stools, which makes it so difficult to evacuate, you need to do strength. Or you may feel you still need a bowel movement even after it has.

How often should I have a bowel movement?

Not all the intestine evacuated once daily. It is true that you should have a bowel movement every day to its being considered “regular.” A normal range is between 3 times a day and 3 times a week.

How will I know if my child is constipated?

Your child is constipated if one or more of the following are true:

  • Your child is less than 3 bowel movements a week.
  • The stools are hard, dry and unusually large.
  • The stools are difficult to pass.

For some children, it is normal to pass stool as infrequently as every few days. The fact that your child is constipated does not depend on how often they normally evacuated feces. If the stool is soft and easier to pass, less frequent stools are not a problem. If they are hard and difficult to pass, it is likely that your child is constipated. If your child is having problems with constipation for more than 2 weeks, this is called chronic constipation.

What is the cause of constipation?

As the food you eat pass through the digestive tract, the body takes nutrients and water from them. This process creates feces, which move through the intestines by means of muscular contractions (movements of compression).

A number of things can cause the stool to move more slowly through the intestines, causing constipation. You can affect the process if it goes to the bathroom when you have the need for a bowel movement, if one does not drink enough fluids, if you do not exercise enough or not eating enough fiber, and if you take certain medications or laxatives regularly. Constipation is also common in pregnant women.

What is the cause of constipation in children?

In children, constipation is caused by many of the same things that adults do have it. For example, it is likely to occur when the child does not drink enough water, milk or other liquids, or if your child does not follow a healthy diet that includes enough fiber. Fiber is found in foods such as cereals, grains, fruits and vegetables. If your child follows a diet high in fat and refined sugars (sweets and desserts), is probably not getting enough fiber, which can cause constipation.

Also, constipation begins when your baby is taking breast milk or formula to whole cow’s milk, or when your baby is eating baby food to solid food. Sometimes constipation occurs after your child has been sick or has taken certain medications. You should not worry if your child is constipated for a short time. Constipation is common in children and usually disappears on its own.

Young children who have chronic constipation often ignore the need for a bowel movement. Your child will not stop play, or afraid or ashamed to ask a teacher or using a public restroom. When a child avoids bowel movements, stool accumulates in the large intestine. Feces enlarge and harden. The passage of stool can be painful and makes children want to avoid further bowel movements.

 

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