Constipation is when you have bowel movements stools that are hard to pass or are less often than what is usual for you. Constipation can be helped by eating a diet that is higher in fibre and by drinking lots of fluids. You can also call to speak with a registered dietitian, Monday to Friday from a. Top of the page Check Your Symptoms. Constipation occurs when stools are difficult to pass.
Irritable bowel syndrome IBS is a common intestinal disorder that affects the colon the large intestine. The colon's main job is to absorb water and nutrients from partially digested food. Anything that is not absorbed is slowly moved through the colon toward the rectum and out of the body as waste in the form of feces poop. Muscles in the colon work to get rid of the body's waste products.
Encopresis is when a child who is toilet trained passes stool bowel movements into his or her underwear. To have encopresis, the child must be at least four years old, the age by which most children can control bowel movements. Encopresis is also called fecal incontinence. In most children, encopresis is related to chronic constipation. Constipation is when bowel movements don't occur often enough.
Emily Titterington, 16, died after going eight weeks without a bowel movement which left her with a compressed her chest cavity and displaced organs. Home Office pathologist Dr Amanda Jeffery said her symptoms were in keeping with a condition known as "stool withholding", which is more frequent in children. Emily, who also had mild autism, had suffered with bowel problems for most of her life but doctors had been unable to determine the cause. Dr James told the coroner that he had prescribed laxatives but had not examined Emily's abdomen. He said: "Had I done so, we would be having a different conversation.