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    Wednesday, December 15, 2010

    10 Tips on Constipation and Incontinence of Stool

    1.Despite widespread belief, constipation is not necessarily a part of growing older.

    2.Bowel habits are similar in both younger and older healthy people.

    3.Constipation is defined as stools that are:
    Too small
    Too hard
    Too difficult to pass
    Infrequent (less than 3 per week)

    4.Constipation is caused by:
    Not enough dietary fiber or fluids
    Medication side effects
    Emotional or physical stress
    Misconception about normal bowel habits
    Lack of activity
    Medical problems

    5.How to manage mild-to-moderate constipation:
    Gradually add dietary fiber from variou sources
    Increase fluids (water, soup, broth, juices)
    Eat meals on a regular schedule
    Chew your food well
    Gradually increase daily exercise
    Respond to urges to move your bowels
    Avoid straining
    See your doctor if these measures don't work

    6.Dietary therapy (increased fiber and fluids) and fiber supplements are the preferred treatment for chronic constipation.

    7.In some cases, your doctor may recommend the use of stool softeners.

    8.Use of mineral oil or stimulant laxatives regularly, consult your doctor to make sure what you are using is right for you.

    9.Incontinence of stool or fecal soiling is most often due to leakage around a fecal impaction. Removing the impaction will usually restore continence.

    10.Incontinence of stool in healthy older people deserves full education and treatment. Treatment options include:

    Adjustment in dietary fiber to reduce amount of stool
    Medications to decrease stool frequency
    Prescribed use of enemas (not soap enemas)
    Biofeedback training
    Surgery to restore anal function

    Please remember, as with all our articles we provide information, not medical advice. For any treatment of your own medical condition you must visit your local doctor, with or without our article[s]. These articles are not to be taken as individual medical advice.

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