WHAT IS IT?

Many people think that constipation means "not going at all". Medically speaking, however, constipation is when the stools are hard and being passed less often than they usually are.

  • Eat plenty of high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Other ways to add fiber are listed below. (Also see Fiber in the topic Nutrition in Related Information.)

  • Constipation can usually be treated effectively at home.

  • First try:

PREPARING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

You can help your health professional diagnose and treat your condition by being ready to answer the following questions:

PREPARING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

Making the most of your doctor visit
You can help your health professional diagnose and treat your child's constipation if you come prepared to answer the following questions:

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