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Constipation is infrequent, dry, hard stools that may result from defects in filling or emptying the rectum.

Constipation may be a sign of a pathologic or functional process. Eventually, watery stool works its way around the impaction and causes diarrhea. Thus, rectal examination is very important in the evaluation of both constipation and diarrhea.

Causes of constipation are quite different in infants and older children. In infancy, one must consider causes such as maternal drugs, congenital GI anomalies, cystic fibrosis, Hirschsprung disease, poor intake, and anal fissure. One should note abdominal shape and girth, and the presence of bowel sounds and masses, and check the anal area. Check rectal tone and stool for occult blood. If a bowel obstruction is suspected, surgical consultation is necessary. If no systemic cause or serious illness is suspected, dark thick molasses or corn syrup can be added to the diet. Finally, if the child is listless or hypotonic, one should consider infantile botulism (see

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Constipation Prescription

Constipation Prescription

Did you ever think feeling angry and irritable could be a symptom of constipation? A horrible fullness and pressing sharp pains against the bladders can’t help but affect your mood. Sometimes you just want everyone to leave you alone and sleep to escape the pain. It is virtually impossible to be constipated and keep a sunny disposition. Follow the steps in this guide to alleviate constipation and lead a happier healthy life.

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