Constipation - Home Remedies And Causes For Constipation
Constipation is a common disturbance of the digestive tract. In this condition, the bowels do not move regularly, or are not completely emptied when they move. The stools are unduly hard and unusual straining may be required to achieve defecation. It is one of the most troublesome disorders of childhood and a major cause of maternal anxiety.
Constipation is the chief cause of many diseases, as such a condition produces toxins which find their way into the blood stream and are carried to all parts of the "body. This results in weakening of the vital organs and lowering of the resistance of the entire system.
The number of motions required for normal health varies from child to child. Most children have one motion a day, some have :two a day, while others have one every other day. However, for comfort and health, at least one clear bowel movement a day is essential and is considered normal.
Symptoms for Constipation.
The most common symptoms of constipation are infrequency, irregularity or difficulty of elimination due to hard faecal matter. Among the other symptoms are coated tongue, foul breath, loss of appetite, constant fullness in the abdomen and diarrhoea alternating with constipation.
Causes for Constipation.
Improper diet and irregular habits are the chief causes of constipation. All foods in their natural state contain a good percentage of 'roughage' which is most essential in preserving natural balance of foods and also in helping peristalsis - the natural rhythmic action by means of which the food is passed down the alimentary canal. Much of the food children eat today is deficient in natural bulk or roughage and this results in chronic constipation.
The intake of refined and rich foods lacking in vitamins and minerals, insufficient intake of water, insufficient chewing, overeating, wrong combination of foods, irregular habits of eating and drinking may all contribute to poor bowel function. Other causes include faulty and irregular habit of defecation and frequent use purgatives.
Natural home remedies for the treatment of Constipation.
The treatment for constipation will depend upon the age of the child whether he is a small baby or a child, four or five years of age. When a baby is on breast-feeding, constipation is usually the result of wrong feeding on the part of the mother, and it must be corrected. The baby should be kept on water and orange .juice for a day, and small enema of warm water given. In the alternative, a glycerine suppository may be applied. Laxative should be avoided as far as possible. Also if the baby is artificially fed, the cause is wrong feeding, and this should be rectified. Here are some home remedies for the treatment of constipation.
Note: Diabetics should not have fruits which are sweet, including dried figs. All white foods cause constipation-white refined flour (maida), white rice, white bread, cakes, pastries, sugar, cheese and milk products.
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