What is Constipation?

Constipation is difficulty with irregular bowel movements, or passing hard and dry stool. Constipation is common among children, aged ones and pregnant women. Every individual has different bowel patterns. Constipation is often shows symptoms like bloating, uncomfortable and sluggishness. Constipation is not a serious problem if we understand the right cause at the right time.

  • Constipated means your bowel movements are difficult or happen less often than normal. The normal length of time between bowel movements varies widely from person to person like some people have bowel movements three times a day while others have them only once or twice a week.
  • Constipation may be interpreted differently by different people. Some refer to it as infrequent bowel movement while for others it is difficulty in passing stool. Some people feel constipated if their bowel movement is incomplete.
  • In some cases, constipation may accompany diarrhea, as in the case of the irritable bowel syndrome. It is therefore essential that constipation be viewed from these different perspectives and treated accordingly.

Constipation in Children

Constipation occurs commonly in children. Constipation depends upon comparison with how often the child normally passes stools and with the usual consistency of his or her stools. The majority of children with constipation do not have a medical disease or disorder causing the constipation. Rarely, a disorder causes infants and children to have significant problems moving their bowels.

Causes of Constipation in Children

Children older than 18 months are often so involved in their play that they lack time or patience for toilet breaks.

  • In school they don't use washroom as they are concerned with lack of privacy or the cleanliness of the washroom.
  • Children may have had a prior frightening experience that makes them want to avoid the bathroom. Over time, their brain learns to ignore repeated urges by the colon to visit the bathroom. As stool remains in the colon, the colon will absorb water out of the stool, making it hard and dry. This hard stool is even more difficult or painful to pass, which causes the child to continue "holding it."
  • Changes in diet, or a different diet affect bowel habits.  In children, high-fiber diets have not been proven to improve constipation. Infants and children who eat well-balanced meals typically are not constipated.
  • Teenagers and toddlers who eat a lot of sugar and desserts are prone to difficult passing of their stools.
  • Few medical disorders can cause chronic constipation.
  • Diabetes is common medical problem associated with constipation.

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