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Constipation

Constipation is when you find it hard to poo or you go to the toilet less often than usual.

Symptoms of constipation include going for a poo fewer than 3 times in a week and finding it hard to poo.

Constipation can usually be treated with simple changes like eating more fibre and being more active. Speak to a pharmacist if these do not help.

Common causes of constipation include not eating enough fruit and vegetables, not drinking enough fluids and being inactive.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of constipation include going for a poo fewer than 3 times in a week and finding it hard to poo.

Check if it's constipation

It's likely to be constipation if:

But it's not unusual for a breastfeeding baby to go a week without having a poo.

You may also have a stomach ache and feel bloated or sick.

Things to look out for in babies and toddlers include:

Read more on the NHS website.

Constipation can usually be treated with simple changes like eating more fibre and being more active. Speak to a pharmacist if these do not help.

Self-care

Simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can help treat constipation.

It's safe to try these simple measures when you're pregnant.

You may notice a difference within a few days. Sometimes it takes a few weeks before your symptoms improve.

Make changes to your diet

To make your poo softer and easier to pass:

Improve your toilet routine

Keep to a regular time and place and give yourself plenty of time to use the toilet.

Do not delay if you feel the urge to poo.

To make it easier to poo, try resting your feet on a low stool while going to the toilet. If possible, raise your knees above your hips.

Increase your activity

A daily walk or run can help you poo more regularly.

Medical treatments

Speak to a pharmacist if diet and lifestyle changes are not helping.

They can suggest a suitable laxative. These are medicines that help you poo more regularly.

Most laxatives work within 3 days. They should only be used for a short time.

Laxatives are not recommended for children unless they're prescribed by a GP.

Read more on the NHS website.

Common causes of constipation include not eating enough fruit and vegetables, not drinking enough fluids and being inactive.

Read more on the NHS website.