Constipation is a condition of the digestive system. The sufferer has hard feces that are difficult to expel.
In most cases, this occurs because the colon has absorbed too much of the water from the food that is in the colon. The slower the food moves through your digestive tract, the more water the colon will absorb from food.
Consequently, the feces become dry and hard. Defecation (emptying the bowels) can become very painful, and in some serious cases there may be symptoms of bowel obstruction. When the constipation is very severe; when the constipation prevents the passage of feces and gas, it is called obstipation.
The term obstipation describes severe constipation which prevents passage of both stool and gas. Causes of constipation include dietary, hormonal, anatomical, a side effect of medications (e.g., some opiates), poisoning by heavy metals, or an illness or disorder. Treatments may include laxatives, enemas, changes in dietary and exercise habits, and other medical interventions depending on the underlying cause and urgency of needed relief.
The majority of children with constipation do not present any alarming medical disorders. Constipation usually resolves with changes in diet, behavior and use of laxatives. Most home treatments for constipation in children have been shown to work.
Constipation occurs in infants for many reasons. Some infants become apprehensive and because of fear that it may be painful, they withhold stools. Sometimes, small children feel shy and do not feel safe or comfortable having a bowel movement. Also, constipation may appear in infants after having changed the diet from breast milk to regular or formula milk or having the diet switched from baby food to solid food.
Other common causes of constipation in children include eating a diet that does not include a significant amount of fiber, not drinking enough fluids, an overly high in refined sugars diet, sickness, psychological issues or having previously punished the child for an accident that she or he had.
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