Constipation is a condition characterised by hard-to-pass stools. These stools stayed too long in your colon, causing them to absorb water and become dry and hard. They cannot exit properly through your body due to this. Constipation makes pooing difficult and even painful at times.
Constipation is often not a serious medical condition. It is highly-treatable at home with simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Expect to experience these symptoms if you have constipation:
Constipation is common in kids and babies. In addition to the symptoms earlier mentioned, young ones may also experience:
Children and babies are predisposed to constipation through a variety of factors, including:
Speak to a doctor if you are worried about your kids’ constipation. Online video consultations with a Mobidoctor physician can help ease your worries. Your child can get the needed treatment and you’ll also get reassurance about the condition.
See your physician as soon as possible if you experience the following:
You may have an impacted stool if you are an elderly person with stomach pain and have been constipated for 2-3 weeks already. See your doctor immediately to get checked.
Other bowel conditions such as diverticulitis may be characterised by thin loose stools accompanied by lower abdominal pain and fever. Again, have yourself seen by a physician in these cases.
There are plenty of factors that may cause constipation. You may not initially pinpoint them right away, though. Such factors include the following:
Medication intake may also cause constipation. These medications are often the culprits:
Constipation in itself is a mild condition and is not significantly worrying. However, rare cases may make it a symptom of other digestive problems such as:
Other conditions that may present with constipation include the following:
Talk to your GP as soon as possible if you think you have any of these underlying conditions.