Constipation is difficulty passing stools. It is very common, affecting both children and adults. Learn how to help prevent and treat constipation.
Constipation in children
Constipation in kids is quite common and isn't usually caused by something serious. Here's how to help your child when they're constipated.
Haemorrhoids often go away after a few days without any special treatment. In most cases your doctor will recommend measures to relieve constipation, if it’s present. Find out about haemorrhoids treatment.
Gastrointestinal illnesses are very common. Some may last for only a day or two; others are long term. Learn here about their causes, symptoms and treatments.
It’s possible to reduce the risk of haemorrhoids developing by preventing constipation. Find out how haemorrhoids can be prevented.
Hernias are generally more common in obese people and pregnant women, or in people who cough a lot or suffer from chronic constipation. Learn more about hernias.
What causes haemorrhoids?
Haemorrhoids develop due to a weakening of the supportive tissue inside the anus. Find out about the causes of haemorrhoids.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
IBS develops in as many as one in five Australians at some point in their lifetime. Here are the symptoms to look out for.
Bloating – feeling that you have a swollen tummy – is common, but if you feel bloated regularly, you should see your doctor. Learn more about the causes here.
Rectal bleeding treatments
Rectal bleeding is a symptom of haemorrhoids (piles) and anal fissures. Lifestyle changes can soothe the condition, however you should see your doctor for further advice.