While many people shy away from visiting a health facility to get laxatives and treatment, the struggle with constipation is still real and alarming both in children and adults.
Constipation is a condition where a person produces hard or dry stool. It is characterized by a lot of pain and hard stool sometimes mixed with blood.
Constipation most commonly occurs when waste or stool moves too slowly through the digestive tract, causing it to become hard and dry hence making it difficult and painful to pass out.
In most cases, constipation is not a serious problem and can be treated at home without going to the hospital. However, sometimes it can come as a result of other health complications that need a doctor’s advice.
Signs and Symptoms
Gorret Betty Mbabazi, a nurse, notes that signs and symptoms of constipation are;
- Hard and dry stool which is difficult to pass
- Having less than three bowel movements a week
- Pain in the abdomen while having a bowel movement
- Blood on the surface of the hard stool because it tears your anal muscle
- In some scenarios, you can experience vomiting and fever
She says constipation is caused by not taking enough fluids like water or juice, not lack of fiber which is got from foods like beans, fruits, vegetables and cereals.
People with an underlying medical condition (usually in the digestive system) that affects the rectum will also have constipation issues.
Constipation can be treated using home remedies like;
Betty Kahunde, a mother, never took her children to the hospital to have constipation treated. She made use of a traditional remedy that is widely used to treat constipation in kids and babies.
A mixture of soapy water and pumpkin leaf juice is filled into a syringe pump and emptied into a baby’s anal opening. The mixture directly softens the hard stool and the baby is able to have an easy bowel movement.
Other remedies and control habits are;
Take adequate fluids like water, juice and other soft drinks in your reach to help soften your stool. For some people, excess milk contributes to constipation so you need to monitor your body.
Include a high fiber diet in your meals like beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. A diet rich in fiber eases and quickens the digestion process and hence normal stool.
In case your constipation is as a result of medical complications, you need to visit a medical doctor for guidance.
Avoid too much snack foods like cakes and chapattis among others; these are usually dry and hard and make digestion complicated.
Daily exercising will also aide your digestion and limit constipation occurrences.
A glass of warm water in the morning with help flush out ‘stuff’ and awaken your digestive system.