“Very frequent problems with which my parents report to me as a pediatrician are constipation.” Periodically, this disorder occurs in up to every third child. So it is a very common problem. Constipation is also very common in adults. However, in this group of patients, it is a problem that is often embarrassing and less often patients seek professional help. The best support comes from the CBD Suppositories in this case.
When do we recognize constipation?
We talk about constipation when there are too long intervals between stools, less than twice a week and / or stools with great effort.
What are the causes of constipation?
The most common cause of constipation in children and adolescents are functional/habitual disorders, i.e. they have no connection with any organic disease.
Only about 5% of constipation has organic background (including Hirshsprung’s disease, hypothyroidism, nervous and muscular diseases, including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, and even food allergy and celiac disease). The extension of stool failure diagnosis for organic diseases should take place after a minimum of 2 months of ineffective pharmacological therapy with appropriate doses of medication.
It is very important to understand the nature of functional constipation
Functional constipation usually occurs in such periods as: the transition from breastfeeding to artificial mixtures, discontinuation of pampers, taking classes in kindergarten or school education, or are associated with another stressful event in the child’s life.
Giving harder stools is often associated with pain in defecation, and this results in further stooling. This creates a vicious circle that exacerbates the problem.
Very often it combines the problem of constipation with dietary mistakes, avoiding vegetables, fruits, and products rich in dietary fibre, as well as too little drink.
What can you do?
We always educate parents carefully that before using pharmacotherapy in the fight against constipation, it is worth using natural methods first. Let’s take a closer look at it:
The basic dietary advice that we give to people suffering from constipation (regardless of age) is the introduction of the so-called diet rich in dietary fibre, the so-called high-residual diet. The fibre in the child’s diet must be taken into account.
Habitat constipation, also known as functional, is an increasingly serious health problem affecting residents of highly developed countries. Among their causes, the most often inappropriate diet, low in fiber and inadequate physical activity. In children, the cause of constipation may also be mental factors – they include stress (resulting, for example, from changing the environment in kindergarten, school) and the resulting reluctance to use toilets in public places, school or kindergarten.
Then there is the suppression of reflex pressure on the stool and retention of the bowel movement, which may lead to impaired feeling of this reflex, and in the further perspective – weakening and stretching of smooth muscles of the sigmoid and sigmoid colon.
The tendency to constipation in young children may be influenced by the change in diet (eg the transition from breastfeeding to modified milk or the introduction of cow’s milk too early into the child’s diet). Very often, the tendency to constipation is related to overweight and obesity – it is directly related to abnormal eating habits (low-energy diet, eating a large amount of highly processed foods, drinking too little water) and lack of physical activity. The cause of constipation may also be chronic retention of stool resulting from poor hygiene habits.