Constipation

Specialty of Paediatrics

Constipation is the regular difficulty encountered when trying to defecate, considering a normal frequency of a minimum of three times per week, although this can vary with each person. Constipation is a condition that is produced by the lack of regular movement of the intestines and bowel evacuation may be accompanied by pain. It is a very common ailment that occurs because of sedentary lifestyle, lack of fibre consumption, fatigue and nervousness. To avoid this problem it is recommended to follow a diet rich in fibre, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. Although it is possible to resort to laxatives sporadically, they should not be abused as they may cause the opposite effect in the long run, as well as make the body get used to them, which can make the situation worse.

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