Constipation is characterized by a lack of bowel movements throughout the week, the hardness of the stool itself, and the difficulty in releasing the bowel movement. Most physicians diagnose constipation if the patient has had less than three bowel movements during a one-week period, with severe strain in each movement. With infrequent bowel movements, hard stools, and the strain that comes with the release of a bowel movement, constipation can be extremely painful, causing stomach bloat and abdominal pain or discomfort.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms to look for in your child are three or fewer bowel movements per week, large-diameter stools, abdominal pain and bloating, and even blood in the stool. Hard, painful stool is also a sign of constipation.
Many things cause constipation to occur. It most commonly occurs when the stool moves too slowly through the digestive tract, which causes the stool to become dry and hard. Changes in diet or not getting the proper diet are both very common reasons for constipation to occur. If your child does not receive enough fluids, fruits, or high-fiber foods, it may result in constipation. Certain medical conditions, as well as certain medications, can also cause constipation.
Sometimes children withhold from using the bathroom, whether it is because they are still potty training, are afraid of the toilet, or do not like to use public restrooms. Doing this not only causes constipation, but it can lead to other complications. These complications can include anal fissures (tears), rectal prolapse, and impacted stool to collect in the colon that will leak out, so constipation treatment is very important.
Constipation treatment is available. Although there is no miracle constipation cure, there are still plenty of things that can help, including chiropractic care.
One way to help treat and prevent constipation is to drink a lot of water. If the stool is dry and hard, drinking plenty of water can help to soften the stool, allowing it to pass easier.
Fiber is very important when treating and preventing constipation. If the child does not consume enough fiber via diet, they can get fiber over-the-counter. This form of fiber works much better if the child ingests at least 32 ounces of water throughout the day.
Seeing a chiropractor is another form of treatment for your child’s constipation. Although a child’s spine may still be developing, they can still have a misalignment of their spine. This misalignment can irritate nerves which decreases the function of the nervous system. More specifically, people with constipation may have subluxations (partial dislocations) through parts of the spine that are linked to the colon and intestines, causing constipation. Thus, getting a chiropractic alignment can help treat your child by gently placing the spine back in place, allowing the nervous system to work normally and more effectively.
At Michigan Chiropractic Specialists we ensure you receive the best possible customer service, so feel free to contact us today if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s constipation.