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Know More About Constipation!

Diploma in Diet,Health & Nutritions
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Know More About Constipation!

Constipation is a common problem, and everyone experiences it once in a while. Constipation includes bloating, and abdominal pain. The problem often happens because of a low-fiber or high fat diet, lack of exercise, and not drinking enough fluids.

Sources of high-fiber foods include:

All plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, pear, dates, apple, sweet potato have fiber. Simple changes in lifestyle can improve your diet and helps relieve constipation.

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Cause for constipation

MBBS, Diploma In Dermatology & Venerology & Leprosy (DDVL)
Dermatologist, Raigarh
Cause for constipation

Cause for constipation


  1.     Not eating a well-balanced diet
  2.     Not drinking the right fluids in appropriate quantities
  3.     Experiencing continual high stress
  4.     Choosing to live an improper lifestyle for our body's well-being

All of these will inhibit movement of our food waste through the digestive tract.

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AUTLS, CCEDM, MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Faridabad
Constipation: is due to an incorrect lifestyle and irregular eating patterns, not taking enough fluids, sedentary lifestyle. Foods that are heavy and difficult to digest, as well as oily, spicy, fried, and junk foods are the culprits. Eating food in a disturbed atmosphere or in front of the television and being awake late at night all lead to bowel disturbance. Psychological factors like stress, anxiety, fear, jealousy, and sorrow also play an important role.

Diet & lifestyle advice:
Increase intake of fiber, especially fruits and cooked vegetables.
An apple or pineapple/pomegranate each day is helpful.
Drink 7-8 glasses of lukewarm water each day.
Take daily morning and evening walks for at least 20-30 minutes each.
Eat whole grains /nuts/sprouts and muesli in breakfast
Avoid removing bran from the flour because it clears the intestines
Avoid refined foods like white flour, bread, pasta, pizza, white rice, or high protein foods like cheese, meat and cold foods like ice cream or chilled drinks
Take meals in a relaxed and calm atmosphere.
The food should be warm and freshly -prepared, as cold food slows the digestive power.
Take 30 ml/6 tsp of sypduphalac thrice daily after meals with lukewarm water.
Soak 3-4 dried figs after washing them overnight in water. Eat them first thing in the morning,
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Ph.D - Ayurveda, MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Delhi

Common problem in particular with urban population.

If any one experienced these symptoms for more than three months, it is referred to as chronic constipation.

  • Passing stools less regularly

  • Stools becoming lumpy or hard

  • Additional straining when having bowel movements

  • Experiencing the sensation of a blockage that is preventing bowel movements

The recommended daily dietary fibre intake for adults is 25g for women and 30g for men, through fibre-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruit, cereals and whole grains.

it is recommended that whole foods be consumed, rather than a dietary fibre supplement. Additionally, fibre supplements can sometimes aggravate constipation, especially if you do not increase the amount of water you drink daily.

Did you know water makes up about three-quarters of the faecal content? Or that constipation can occur with a high-fibre diet if not enough water is consumed? To sum up, adequate water intake is important to keep bowel contents soft and easy to pass.

Recommended daily fluid intake

Approximate adequate daily intakes of fluids (including plain water, milk, and other drinks) for women are 2.1 litres (about 8 cups) per day and for men is 2.6 litres (about 10 cups) per day.

Simple measures are to be tried to regularize bowel discipline like

  • Goos berry=Amla powder 4-5 gm at bed time with warm water


  • Trimyrebolan=Triphala powder 4-5 gm at bed time with warm water. If these measures are failed then one has to consult Doctor for further investigations and management.

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Get Relief from Constipation

Bachelor of science, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Meerut
Get Relief from Constipation

Difficulty in passing stools and incomplete or infrequent passage of stools is known as constipation. Inappropriate diet, inadequate exercise and laxative/enema abuse are the most common causes of constipation. Constipation can undermine the whole body, affecting digestion, the clearing of toxins from the system, energy levels and the absorption of nutrients. Poor diet is the most significant reason for the condition.


  • Irregular bowel movements


  • Exercise regularly.
  • Follow a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Employ relaxation techniques like Yoga or meditation.
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All About Constipation in Children

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Jaipur
All About Constipation in Children

Constipation in children is a common pediatric health issue mostly arising due to early toilet training and having an inadequate diet. Most cases of this condition do not last for long and can be easily treated.

Constipation in children is mainly caused by the following factors:

  • Lack of fiber content in their diet caused due to an aversion to veggies, often result in constipation in children.
  • Withholding stool: Your child may be holding his bowel movements in because of stress with toilet training. This maybe because he/she doesn't want to defecate in the school bathroom or in other places. Often if it hurts to poop once, the child might withhold his bowel movements and this leads to a vicious cycle.
  • Side effects of certain medications.
  • In rare cases, children facing abuse may develop constipation.


You will know your child has constipation if the following occurs:

  • Your child spends a lot of time while defecating
  • Your child complains of difficulty with bowel movement
  • Bloating and stomach pain
  • Soiling accidents


A combination of the following approaches helps in treating constipation in children:

  • See to it that your child eats all his vegetables and fruits. Include more fibrous vegetables and fruits in the diet. Include food containing probiotics like yoghurt.
  • Use a stool softener: While using a stool softener the most common mistake is to apply too much or too little amount of the concoction. Carefully use the right amount of stool softener for relieving your child of constipation.
  • Ensure that your child has a lot of fluids in his/her diet. Fluids help to hydrate the body and lubricate the digestive system.
  • Look into the fact that you child has regular toilet hours.

Related Tip: Is Constipation the Only Cause of Piles? + It's Symptoms

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Constipation In Children!

DNB (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Faridabad
Constipation In Children!

Constipation is a very common problem among toddlers and children. It takes place when the child's stool is dry, hard and unusually large, and the frequency of bowel movement is low and inconsistent. Although it is not a serious cause for concern, constipation in children should be recognised and treated early so that it does not develop into a chronic long-term ailment.

Constipation in children is seldom directly caused by any disease or medical disorder, which is known as idiopathic constipation and may be cause by a number of factors:

1.Diet: This is the primary cause of constipation in children. If the child's diet has low water and fibre content and heavily features sugar and processed foods, stool becomes hard and bowel movement gets restricted.

2. Deliberate withholding often children may consciously avoid visiting the toilet, which may make them feel constipated. This may be due to embarrassment, especially in public spaces or they might be too engaged in playing to not go to the toilet, altogether. Some children do it out of fear when a previous toilet experience has been particularly painful.

3. Lack of physical activity: the digestive system is boosted through regular exercise. Lack of physical activity, thus, inhibits regular bowel movement.

4. Illness and medication: infections and illnesses, especially ones pertaining to the stomach cause the child to become constipated. Many medicines and supplements also affect the digestive system and can lead to constipation.

What are the ways to manage constipation in children?

Constipation in children is treated differently than in adults as their diets and patterns of bowel movement are dissimilar.

The primary treatments for constipation in children are:

1. Stool softeners and laxatives

The administration of bowel movement enhancing medication is the simplest way of treating constipation in children. There are various kinds of stool softeners and laxatives that are safe for children and must always be used under the supervision of a paediatrician.

2. Dietary adjustment

Making changes to the child's diet by including high fibre foods (such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, cereals, etc.) can help cure constipation. Compelling the child to intake ample fluids in the form of water or milk is also necessary. Sugary drinks must be avoided.

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Dr. Swati Aleria 90% (147 ratings)
• Do not suppress the urge to pass stools.
• Get a regular time fixed to the toilet.
• Drink at least 2-3 liters of water a day.
• Eat high fiber diet – whole grains, bran, oat, green leafy vegetables, peas, beans, potatoes, raw vegetables, salads, dried fruits and fresh fruits.
• Eat fruits and vegetables with the skin.
• Avoid food that can cause constipation like pomegranate etc.
• You can take one spoon isubgul (fiber, Psyllium) in water before retiring to bed.
• Walk after every meals.
• Drink 2- 4 glasses of warm water every morning.
• Limit intake of laxatives.
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How to Get Relief from Constipation?

DM - Gastroenterology
Gastroenterologist, Jaipur
How to Get Relief from Constipation?

There may be a million jokes on constipation but anyone suffering from this condition knows that it is no laughing matter. Constipation can be described as a condition where a person has difficulty to pass stool. Lack of fiber in the diet is one of the most common causes of constipation. This can also be caused by irritable bowel syndrome, lack of exercise, medicinal side effects and a change in routine. Constipation can be easily treated at home and rarely needs medical attention unless it triggers a more serious condition.

Some ways of treat constipation are:

1. Exercise: Inactivity can hinder the digestion process. Taking a short walk every day can be a very effective way of dealing with constipation. However, you should maintain an interval of at least an hour between your last meal and exercising. Ideally, you should walk for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.

2. Drink more water: Water not only hydrates the body, but also helps food move smoothly down the digestive system. A lack of water can lead to blockages in the digestive system triggering constipation. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day is the minimum amount of water each person. However, water must not be substituted with sodas and flavoured drinks. Alcohol and caffeine can actually dehydrate the body and make you feel more constipated.

3. Eat more fiber: Adding fiber to your diet is a sure shot way of curing constipation. To do this, add a serving of fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. Oats and cereals are also good ways of adding fiber to your breakfast.

4. Create a schedule: The body craves order and when that order is disturbed one of the ways the body reacts is by triggering constipation. Schedule time for your bowel movements and try sticking to your routine as far as possible.

5. Change your position: The way you sit on the toilet can make a difference to your bowel movements. To combat constipation, try raising your feet by putting them on a stool in front of the toilet. This helps flex the hips and puts your bowel in a squatting position that makes it easier to pass stools.

If none of this helps, you could also take an over the counter laxative or stool softener. However, do not use a laxative for over 2 weeks without consulting your doctor. Overuse of laxatives can make the body dependent on it and affect the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D and calcium. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Gastroenterologist.

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Causes of Constipation in Children

Multi Speciality Clinic
Multi Speciality, Pune
Causes of Constipation in Children

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 diarrhea 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 behavior; 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 feces 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 fiber 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 fiber 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. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a doctor.
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