Constipation occurs when bowel movements become less frequent and stools become difficult to pass. It happens most often due to changes in diet or routine, or due to inadequate intake of fiber. You should call your doctor if you have severe pain, blood in your stools, or constipation that lasts longer than three weeks.
Loading the player...Diagnosing and Treating Constipation Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc, (P.T.), MD, CFPC, FCFP, Family Physician, discusses diagnosing and treating constipation.
Loading the player...Children's Constipation Diagnosis David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses constipation diagnosis.
For simple, straightforward constipation, one really needs to follow simple rules.
Have a lot of fibre, and we talked about 20 to 30 grams a day of fibre, and more recent recommendations goes even higher. If we’re to look at people, most of them take about 10 or less, so there’s a huge deficit in fibre in the normal, regular diet in our culture. And that’s where a good talk with a dietitian can help a lot.
In addition, fibre doesn’t work on its own. You need to take a lot of fluid. So for adults, one-and-a half to two litres is a reasonable amount, and one discounts alcoholic beverages and coffee because those cause diuretics and should not count within your liquid intake.
For children, most children around four to six and the adolescent, even eight cups a day would be a reasonable amount. With this regime and good activity, those children with mild constipation should be cured, and so would most adults.
If you’re still not sure that things are going well, if you’re not certain your child is healthy and thriving, you should ask your physician to have a good look and help you out. Presenter: Dr. David Israel, Pediatrician, Vancouver, BC