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Constipation - Know Signs Of It In Kids!

Life Care Hospital 89% (80 ratings)
Multi Speciality, Gorakhpur
Constipation - Know Signs Of It In Kids!

Many children are affected by constipation; for them, it usually implies pain while passing stool as the stools tend to be hard. In some cases, parents often tend to confuse soiling as diarrhoea when it may actually indicate symptoms of impacted constipation (obstruction of faeces). In order to prevent constipation from turning into a chronic problem, make sure your child receives proper treatment at the earliest.

Symptoms of constipation:
Constipation in children can be characterized by its symptoms which are:

  1. Your child will experience difficulty in passing stools
  2. He/she may also experience pain during the process; trace amounts of blood may be present on the nappy.
  3. The stool tends to be large in size and hard by nature
  4. The child may not have normal bowel habits; he may pass stools less than the normal number of times.
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. He/she may experience intense pain in the stomach
  7. This condition may cause sudden changes in behaviour; your child may become irritated or unhappy very easily.
  8. He/ she may experience nausea
  9. The child may also often soil his/her clothes by passing faeces at irregular intervals

Causes of constipation in children:
Constipation in children may be caused due to a number of factors, which are:

  1. Withholding of stool: In some cases, your child may try to forcefully hold back bowels every time he/she may want to go to the toilet. This may happen due to reasons such as lack of toilet training or not wanting to use toilets at certain places.
  2. Diet: A diet devoid of fibre may be the cause behind your child's constipation. Also, not drinking enough water throughout the day may cause the stools to harden, thus causing difficulty while passing them. The fibre content in food adds roughage to the diet and thus, helps in facilitating smooth bowel movements.
  3. Psychological problems: Constipation may also be caused due to certain emotional problems and drawbacks, such as certain fears or phobias. An example would be when the child feels the need to go to the toilet at night but withholds it if he/she has a fear of ghosts. A change in the surroundings such as moving to a new place may also cause bowel problems in your child.
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Constipation - How To Tackle It In Children?

MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH)
Pediatrician, Faridabad
Constipation  - How To Tackle It In Children?

Constipation in children may be caused by a variety of factors. What is misleading about children with constipation is that it initially might seem like diarrhea as the more liquid stool passes around the hardened stool. The leading cause of constipation in children are:

  1. Lack of roughage in diet: Low water intake coupled with improper eating habits may lead to constipation as well.

  2. Medications: Side effects of a few medications, such as certain antidepressants.

  3. Deliberately not letting the stool pass: Traumatic toilet training or unpleasantness while letting stool pass once might create an unpleasant memory, thus making the child not want to poop.

Treatment of constipation in children can be achieved by multiple techniques best used together:

  1. Regularising the toilet time: Using the toilet first thing in the morning makes it habitual for the child to automatically make it a part of their system to flush out their innards. This sets the body’s pattern to want to expel its contents after a few weeks at the same time as it gets habituated in doing so.

  2. Consuming a diet rich in roughage: Plenty of fibre is of utmost importance in preventing constipation. Whole wheat and multigrain bread, ragi, legumes, beans and raw vegetables incorporated into the daily diet help clearing the bowels. Fruits should be made habitual and those, which can be consumed with their peels should be eaten that way to provide for maximum roughage. In addition to changing food habits, consuming plenty of water throughout the day is important as roughage without water will worsen the symptoms of constipation. Yoghurt and other probiotic drinks help with constipation too.

  3. Stool Softeners: Ask the paediatrician on the kind of stool softener recommended for your child and follow the prescribed duration of the course of the medication as they should not be discontinued even if the child starts to pass clear stools. Discontinuing the prescribe drugs will only make matters worse.

The above three methods, when combined together, best help in the treatment of constipation in children.

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Homeopathy To Help Dealing With Bed Wetting Problem In Kids!

Dr. Nidhi Pandya 89% (97 ratings)
BHMS, MD, CGO
Homeopathy Doctor, Pune
Homeopathy To Help Dealing With Bed Wetting Problem In Kids!

Bed Wetting is a phenomenon in which a child urinates, involuntarily, on the bed when fast asleep at night.

A. The Secret Problem -

A child gains bladder control at night, but it varies with age. After attaining the age of five, 15% of the children continue bed wetting and after the age of 10, only 5% are found to be still bed wetting. The incidences of bed wetting in boys are twice as compared to girls. Bed wetting can often lead to extreme embarrassment and social awkwardness for the parents. For parents to deal with such inevitable child problems, they must know the causes that lead to bed wetting.

B. The Bedwetting Gene -

Your own DNA may be the chief contributor to your child’s bed wetting; research states that in 75 percent of the cases, this problem is found to be hereditary. However, parents should deal with this problem with sensibility and sensitivity, so as not to alienate their children in any way.

C. Causes -

  1. Delayed Bladder Maturation: In such cases, the communication between the bladder and the brain is delayed.
  2. Lower Anti-Diuretic Hormone (ADH): Inadequate secretion of such hormones causes the kidneys to produce lesser urine during the day, thus increasing chances of bed wetting at night.
  3. Deep Sleeping: With deep sleeping, the brain fails to get the signal that the bladder may be full.
  4. Constipation: With constipation, the problem is that there may be the uncontrolled contraction of the bladder due to the bowels being full all the time.

When is it a concern? 

There is nothing wrong with bedwetting during childhood, especially when the child is less than 2 years of age. However, it might be a concern if the child happens to gain bladder control at night but the condition relapses. Also, if psychological stress happens to be at the root of the child’s bedwetting, it could be considered to be a cause for concern.

Homeopathic treatment for bedwetting in children -

Homeopathy is a very effective natural treatment for enuresis. The homeopathic remedies for bedwetting are perfectly safe. These natural homeopathic remedies do not have any side effects at all. Safety of the medicines is a major issue when you are to give any medicine to your child. Therefore it is of utmost importance that the medicines should be completely safe. Homeopathic remedies are known to be perfectly safe and have been tried by millions of patients all over the world over the last 2 centuries.

5 Best Homeopathic medicines for bedwetting in children -

Homeopathy has been found to be very successful in treating bedwetting. The aim of Homeopathy is to strengthen the nervous system of the body. This allows the child to gain control over the urinary bladder. The same child who had been urinating in the bed for years is able to keep the bed dry within a matter of a couple of weeks. Homeopathy offers the best way of treating bedwetting. The embarrassment of the child as well as the parents vanishes quickly like magic. Here are the 5 best homeopathic medicines for bedwetting that help in working this magic-

  1. Causticum
  2. Kreosote
  3. Cina
  4. Acid Phos
  5. Equisetum

It is important to mention here that the above mentioned 5 best homeopathic medicines for bedwetting are by no means the only medicines for bedwetting. There are many other medicines that are also used to cure enuresis. The exact selection of the right medicine depends upon the detailed symptoms of each individual patient. So, it always recommended to consult a specialized homeopath before going for any medication.

Quick tips -

  1. Ensure that your child urinates right before hitting the bed.
  2. Limit your child’s fluid intake after having a thorough discussion with the doctor.
  3. Set an alarm for the child to wake up and go to the toilet in the middle of the night.
  4. Bladder-stretching exercises increase the bladder’s capacity and thus the quantum of urine that can be held by the child’s bladder.
  5. Medications, as would be prescribed by a paediatrician.
  6. Use a plastic sheet over the bed.
  7. And finally, don’t panic. Usually, the problem resolves on its own.
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Constipation - Know Naturopathic Way of Treating It!

Dr. Arpit Choudhary 92% (94 ratings)
MA Science of Living & Yoga, Doctor of Yoga and Naturopathy
Yoga & Naturopathy Specialist, Udaipur
Constipation - Know Naturopathic Way of Treating It!

In a matter of fact, constipation is not a disease. It is simply a lifestyle disorder where your intestinal or peristalsis movement goes down, circulation of internal organs become poor or you are on any kind of laxative which will force fully excrete the stool. Constipation is the most widely found problem of mankind. Almost the largest number of drugs are available for the problem and the largest sums of money are spent by people to get rid of it. Even then medical science does not recognize it as a serious disease because it can be treated by only healthy lifestyle, diet and detox.

To some extent they are correct. Constipation is not a disease as such. It is merely a condition but it can be responsible for attacks of almost all diseases which are affecting the humans. This is the base of all diseases because when stool or toxins form in the body and if it’s not excreted by the body then it will definitely develop many diseases and we will treat those symptoms or disease which are created by the constipation. So, we always have to treat the root cause of disease not the symptoms.  Unfortunately, it is also spreading wildly because as compare to past time we have reduced manual work to almost 90% and eating refined food is becoming fashionable, life style has changed drastically and which is resulting in constipation.

The present treatment of the condition is drugs that has some side effects too.

When you take laxative for constipation, it will create burning sensation into the intestine, so it will release some water so the stool loosens up and passes. But this process very badly affect natural peristalsis movement of the body and it will also reduce the absorption of the nutrients and it will also create some addiction to it. Some possible side effects of laxative are-

  1. Bloating
  2. Gas
  3. Cramping
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Thirst
  6. Nausea
  7. Increased constipation (if not taken with enough water)
  8. Rectal bleeding
  9. Bloody stools
  10. Severe cramps or pain
  11. Weakness or unusual tiredness
  12. Dizziness
  13. Confusion
  14. Skin rash or itching

In fact, the cure for constipation lies in lifestyle itself. To get rid of it, one should follow the following advice:

  1. Avoid refined foods.
  2. Eat maximum foods in raw form.
  3. Eat lots of salads and fruits so that there is enough fiber in the food.
  4. Avoid refined flour (Maida), polished rice etc.
  5. Do some regular yoga and exercise so that the body, including gut, is in good health.
  6. Do not peel all those vegetables which can be used without peeling. Even if peeling is absolutely necessary to do by the minimum possible.
  7. Drink sufficient alkaline water.
  8. Try discharge feces twice a day-Morning and Evening.
  9. Never ignore an urge. Attend to it as early as possible.
  10. Always use rock salt or limited use of refined white salt and sugar.

We always service and do regular maintenance of each and everything we use on daily basis, except our body. So, timely go for body detoxification whether you have any disease or not.

Even then sometimes the feces become dry and hard. In all such cases instead of applying pressure, it is better to take a plain water enema (Douche). It is totally harmless, does not form a habit, and convenient to take and also should planning to take colon hydrotherapy timely.

It is very important to get rid of constipation. Since constipation is the main cause of several diseases.

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Constipation - How To Help Your Child?

Dr. Sushma Narayan (Aiims) 95% (319 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Child Health (DCH), Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrician, Delhi
Constipation - How To Help Your Child?

If your child comes out of bathroom and cries that while he or she poops it hurts, it's time that you start doing something for his or her constipation. This is a problem that is found among many children and most of the times, if left unnoticed, it can prove to be dangerous. There are many signs that will let you know that your child is suffering from constipation. For instance, if you find your child complaining about stomach pain, or bloating, there are chances that he or she is suffering from constipation.

In such a situation, your child needs your help, and you can do so by

1.Take a peek
It is something your child may not love you to do, but you must see his poop. The consistency of the poop must be of peanut butter. If it seems hard or is sticking to the walls, then your child is suffering. Take action soon.

2.Give him more fiber
This is something that most children hate in their diet. Give him or her whole grains or food that is rich in fiber like carrots, brown rice, nuts, beans, lentils, banana, pasta and bread. Fiber helps in preventing constipation, and thus it may be of great help to your child too.

3.Increase water intake
Children seldom drink water! They drink only when they are very thirsty. Do not promote this habit; instead ask them to drink more and more water. With the help of water your child can push through the food that they have eaten.

4.A little juice may also help
Fruit juice is good for constipation, especially prune juice that acts as a laxative. Too much fruit juice is not good for them, but depending on their age, four to five ounces of fruit juice can be given as that helps in relieving constipation.

5.Stimulate the rectum of your baby
Although it may seem a bit odd, yet can be tried to help your baby get rid of constipation. Sometimes rectal stimulation helps the movement of bowel. Take a bit of Vaseline on the tip of thermometer and put it inside his rectum. Wiggle the tip very gently a few times before you remove it from there. This stimulation may help in the movement of bowels.

6.Switch formula
If you are breast feeding, then there are very less chances that your baby will suffer from constipation. But if they are on instant food, the formula you are using may be a reason. Thus, you can switch formula and see if it helps.

If none of the above-mentioned remedies help, it is best advised to visit a pediatrician.

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Olives & Lemons - Knowing The Benefits of Them!

Dr. Priyanka Joshi 88% (111 ratings)
Ph.D - Food Science and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune
Olives & Lemons - Knowing The Benefits of Them!

Olive Oil

Olive plants grow mainly in the Mediterranean basin and olive oil is extracted from the fruit. It has a wide range of beneficial uses. It is used as cooking oil, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and fuel. It is also used in soaps and creams. This wonderful extract has worked magic in attaining a healthy living and can also cure you of certain disorders.

Let us peep into the world of this lipid legend!

Health benefits of Olive Oil: Olive oil is considered as one of the cardioprotective food items. Phenolic compounds present in olive oil works as anti-inflammatory compounds & prevents the development of the cardiovascular disease. Being a great source of vitamin E, olives possess antioxidant properties which neutralise activities of free radicals in the body. This leads to a lower risk of colon cancer. Sufficient & regular consumption of olives relieve constipation & keeps the digestive tract healthy.

Benefits for the skin: It is used as an ingredient in makeup removers, soaps, and scrubs for better outcomes. Olive oil contains anti-ageing properties that are searched for by almost every middle-aged woman in a population. Vitamin E present in olive oil has been shown to protect skin from ultraviolet radiation, thereby guarding against skin cancers as well.

Lemon: Lemon is another all-time favourite citrus fruit, found in Asia in large quantities and qualities. It has many health benefits as well. Lemon is also a choice of the general population in both culinary and non-culinary units.

Why are lemons favourable?

Lemons are a rich source of vitamin C & possess antioxidant properties. Also, lemons work as anti-toxic and anti-infectious substances too.

How lemons contribute to a healthy lifestyle?

Lemons help in breaking down free radicals, which, when more in number, can cause serious damage to blood vessels and cause cholesterol formation.

1. Regular use of lemon helps prevent acne, resulting in healthy, glowing skin.

2. It helps in iron absorption due to its high content of vitamin C.

3. It relieves problems related to indigestion and constipation.

4. It is used in hair care. It can treat dandruff, hair loss, and provide an additional shine to the hair.

5. It is also good for throat infections, due to its functions as an antibiotic.

These two gifts from nature are so common to the human eye that we fail to provide them with the importance they deserve. Nature has provided many such gifts to us. Open your eyes and start searching for more!

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Symptoms Before Actual Ailment - Time To Act Wisely!

Dr. Harshita Sethi 92% (215 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya parampara, BAMS
Ayurvedic Doctor, Gurgaon
Symptoms Before Actual Ailment - Time To Act Wisely!

Accumulation state of any dosha starts causing pre symptom or warning signs to correct the potential imbalance going on in the body.

Vata (vayu- air) sanchay symptoms

  • the frequent sensation of fullness below the naval.
  • constant or frequent fullness of stomach
  • perception of the breathing becomes shallow
  • the volatility of mood, especially envy and dissatisfaction
  • interrupted, changing thoughts
  • late afternoon fatigue 
  • interrupted and unrestful sleep

When these symptoms prevail it means there is a disturbance in physiological function and it can give rise to some pathological function like constipation, distension, IBS, diarrhea, pain in abdomen etc. Time to take action at this stage only to prevent it to become any chronic ailment. Consult an ayurvedic doctor near to you.

Constipation - Have Ayurveda At Your Rescue!

Dr. Karamvir Singh 92% (29 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Panchkula
Constipation - Have Ayurveda At Your Rescue!

Constipation is a condition characterized by extreme difficulty in emptying the bowels. It is characterized by hardening of the feces. Ayurvedic remedies have been considered since a long time to support healthy bowel movements. Acute constipation can also be a sign of Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome.

Symptoms of constipation:
1. Immense strain during bowel movements
2. Inability to have proper bowel movements
3. A feeling of being blocked up from within
4. Hard and dry feces

How can you get rid of constipation with Ayurvedic remedies?

  1. Increase fluid intake: If you are suffering from constipation, it is vital to drink about 80 ounces of herbal tea or water per day. Warm fluids are the best way to keep your body hydrated. These fluids should be consumed at least 20 minutes before a meal or 1 hour after a meal.
  2. Increase organic oils in your dietHigh-quality oil helps lubricate your body tissues, so that appropriate amount of fat or oil can remain in the stool. Most oils are healthy, but the healthiest oils include olive oil, ghee and sesame oil.
  3. Eat plenty of healthy fruits: Fruits are fibrous, hydrating and generally pacifying to your body. Fruits such as peaches, soaked prunes, soaked raisins, peeled apples and bananas should be consumed. It is vital to eat the fruits for about an hour before your meals. While consuming these fruits, you should chew on them properly to attain maximum benefit. Pineapple juice is also very effective in facilitating bowel movements.
  4. Consume soaked flax seeds or milk with ghee: Before going to bed, you should drink a cup of boiled milk with ghee or a tablespoon of flaxseeds soaked in a glass of water. This is an ideal remedy for constipation.
  5. Herbs: ‘Triphala’ herb (a traditional Ayurvedic herb) are generally prescribed by the Ayurvedic practitioners. It can be taken either in the tablet form or powdered form with a glass of warm water. Psyllium husk is also a natural source of insoluble and soluble fiber. It serves as a bulking agent and a demulcent in the colon. This facilitates the regular passing of feces.
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Abdomen Pain - What Can Cause It?

Dr. Ritesh Gehlot 92% (17 ratings)
MD PHYSICIAN
General Physician, Udaipur
Abdomen Pain - What Can Cause It?

Abdomen pain or abdominal pain is usually experienced in the area between the chest and the stomach. This kind of pain usually comes as a dull cramp that also produces shooting stabs of pains intermittently, or it may be a localised pain in one side of the stomach. This may also be accompanied by inflammation, and other diseases related to organs like intestines, kidneys, pancreas, liver, spleen and stomach.

So what are the causes of stomach or abdomen pain? Read on to find out:

1. Food Poisoning: Food poisoning can be caused due to dirty water or contaminated food. This can give rise to various infections as well as conditions like traveller's diarrhoea or loose motions.

2. Gastro Intestinal Conditions: GERD or gastroesophaegal reflux disease and gastroenteritis, among various others can also lead to abdomen pain as a symptom along with severe acidity and nausea. Irritable bowel syndrome is another major ailment which can leave you with persistent abdominal pain. 

3. Generalised Pain: This kind of pain occurs in the overall area all around the stomach and may point at the presence of conditions like Crohn's Disease, a traumatic injury, appendicitis, flu, or even a urinary tract infection. Further, when the gas settles and tightens the stomach due to the inability to pass a motion on a normal, regular basis, this may be termed as constipation. This also leads to abdomen pain. 

4. Localised Lower Abdomen Pain: Pain that is found specifically in the lower area of the abdomen can be caused due to appendicitis, obstruction or blockage in the intestine or colon, and other ailments. This pain can also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting

5. Localised Upper Abdomen Pain: This kind of pain may emanate due to the presence of gallstones, liver inflammation or hepatitis, pneumonia, or even in the middle of a heart attack.

6. Localised Centre Abdomen Pain: Pain in the centre part of the stomach or abdomen may be caused due to gastroenteritis, an injury or even the accumulation of waste products in the body, otherwise known as uraemia.

7. Abdomen Pain and Women: For women, such localised pain may be caused due to pelvic inflammatory disease, urinary tract infection, endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy, menstrual cramps which are also called dysmenorrhoea, and fibroids. Miscarriages can also cause pain in this part of the abdomen, for women.

8. Renal Stones: Renal stones or stone in kidney is one of the most common cause of abdomen pain. The pain caused by kidney stone is such that it can make a patient roll in bed and this pain may radiate to toward the groin as well.

Persistent pain and nausea that come with vomiting and finally give rise to blood in the vomit or stool should be checked by the doctor immediately, so as to rule out any serious ailment. Imaging tests, ultrasound and an X-Ray can help in diagnosis.
 

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Constipation - Have Ayurveda At Your Rescue!

BAMS, PGDCDM
Ayurvedic Doctor, Mumbai
Constipation - Have Ayurveda At Your Rescue!

Ayurvedic medicines teach us that the health of the digestive system is the most important factor and determinant in the long term for your health and well-being. Healthy digestion leads to a healthy life and vice-a-versa. But is it always that simple? Yes! As healthy digestion ensures that all the nutrients that are ingested through food are assimilated by the cells that compose it. When digestion is weak, the tissues of your body such as muscles, blood and nerves become weak and susceptible to disease.

Symptoms of poor digestion include

  1. Excess gas
  2. Constipation
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Belching
  5. Burning
  6. Vomiting
  7. Indigestion
  8. Swelling
  9. Pain

Through the eyes, the Ayurvedic practitioner comes to understand the cause of the disease, he does so by examining the patient's way of life. Incorrect eating habits are the first amongst many culprits. Poor food choices and poor diet, combined, are next in line. Together they are the main causes of digestive diseases. The following points play a key role in the Ayurvedic pathogenesis of digestive disorders. The nature of its imbalance and how it interacts determines how the disease occurs.

  1. Jatharagni: This is the digestive fire that regulates the catabolism (breakdown) of food into smaller molecules for digestion. When the body is healthy, it is able to assimilate properly. When the initial digestion of the food is very weak, it is compromised, either the malabsorption will take place or ama will be formed. When it is too strong it produces burning.
  2. Samana vayu: This is a sub-type vata that regulates the absorption of nutrients in the body. Assuming it decomposes properly, samana vayu can guide its absorption. Not only does samana vayu govern absorption, but it also directly affects the Agni as well as the wind when it blows over the fire. If the wind is strong, the fire is strong. If the wind is weak, the fire burns low. If the wind varies, so does the fire. A defective samana vayu can cause gas, diarrhea and malabsorption.
  3. Apana vayu: This type of vata governs the downward movement. In particular, the excretion of toxins and feces. At the point when the disposal is sound defecations are strong, yet delicate. When apana vayu is defective, a variety of problems such as constipation and diarrhea manifest themselves.
  4. Kledak kapha: This type of kapha governs the mucous lining that protects the digestive system; in particular, of the stomach. When health is in balance, Agni and vayu also protect the membranes from heat or dryness. When there is an excess of mucus, it results in nausea. When it diminishes, the membranes become susceptible to the irritant effects of Agni and the effects that cause drying in vayu. In addition, an increase in the strength of kapha can block the digestive tract and cause constipation.
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