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Constipation affects people of all ages.

Constipation affects people of all ages.
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Constipation

Constipation means having difficulty passing stools (poo). It is very common, affecting people of all ages from babies to children and adolescents to adults. It can be short term or it can be chronic.

The simplest treatments are to drink more water, get more exercise and changes to the diet to increase high fibre foods like prunes, green leafy vegetables and grains. There are also medicines (laxatives) that can be bought from your pharmacist, or prescribed by a doctor.

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Last reviewed: July 2015

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Constipation

Constipation is when you have difficulty passing stools (poo), need to strain when going to the toilet or have infrequent bowel movements.

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Constipation in babies

Trusted information on constipation in babies including what it is, symptoms, treatment, when to seek help, plus links to trusted resources.

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Constipation: treatment options - myDr.com.au

Find out the treatment options for constipation. What's suitable for you will depend on the cause, severity and duration of your constipation.

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Constipation in children - myDr.com.au

Unlike adult constipation, childhood constipation is more often the result of a behavioural rather than a nutritional disorder.

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Constipation - signs & symptoms

Constipation is a very common gastrointestinal disorder experienced by most people at some time during their lives. Constipation basically refers to a reduction in the frequency of bowel motions or increased difficulty passing stools.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Constipation

Constipation is the passing of a hard bowel action (poo) with pain and discomfort. A baby is constipated if the poos (stools) are dry and crumbly or like pellets.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Teen Health - Health Topics - Constipation

Constipation affects everyone from time to time, and can usually (but not always)be improved by changes in diet and exercise.You may have constipation if it is harder than usual to do poo, if your poo is harder than usual and if you go less often than usual. You may feel uncomfortable when you are constipated and feel the urge to go to the toilet, but be unable to pass much or anything solid.Sometimes you may only pass runny poo when you are constipated, as only liquid poo is able to get out around the hard poo.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

Constipation, Motility Disorders and GORD in Children - Reflux Infants Support Association Inc

Constipation in children is quite common and can contribute to the severity of reflux. Discusses constipation, motility disorders and GORD in children.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Constipation - easy read

This topic provides some information about constipation, but if you want more have a look at our other topic Constipation.

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Young Adult Health - Health Topics - Constipation

Constipation affects everyone from time to time, and can usually (but not always)be improved by changes in diet and exercise.You may have constipation if it is harder than usual to do poo, if your poo is harder than usual and if you go less often than usual. You may feel uncomfortable when you are constipated and feel the urge to go to the toilet, but be unable to pass much or anything solid.Sometimes you may only pass runny poo when you are constipated, as only liquid poo is able to get out around the hard poo.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website

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