Mireille Felicia. stools. February 11th , 2017.
Constipation can be a frustrating problem for adults and children alike. Constipation in young ones, especially babies is even more annoying, as they cannot express the symptoms. Naturally, the frequency of bowel movement and the texture of stool, are the only means of identifying if your child is constipated or not. Low-fiber diet, inadequate fluid intake, are some of the common causes of constipation in little ones. In adults, stool softeners are often used to cure this digestive problem. However, while using a stool softener for children one has to be extra careful, and as far as possible, rely upon natural remedies.
More often than not, people don't take notice of stool color and may not bother about stool colors and what they mean until they suffer from digestive health issues. Under such situations, the stool color meanings hold importance, as a specific color can be indicative of certain diseases. The knowledge about normal stool color proves to be of great help in early detection of diseases. Any change in shape, size, consistency, pattern of delivery and color of the stool indicates, many things about your digestive health. Stool color, changes mainly due to two factors. These are the type of food eaten and the amount of bile that mixes with the stool. The examination of feces or stool yields a lot of information about the overall health of your digestive system. This article attempts to summarize the indications of your digestive health according to the stool color. See the meaning of color of stool cited in the stool color chart given below.
Laxatives are used for loosening stools, so that they can easily move through the colon and/or increase the frequency of bowel movements. A laxative could be a drug or a natural remedy like prune juice. As far as drugs are concerned, laxatives can be of different types. They include bulk-forming agents, stool softeners, stimulants, lubricants and osmotics. Though they all aim at relieving constipation, their course of action differs.
Mineral oil lubricates the stool, thereby facilitating smooth passage of stool and lowering the risk of injury to the rectum and/or anus. It is recommended that mineral oil be consumed at bedtime. In severe cases, it can be consumed with hot water. Don't expect instant results. Expect bowel movement only after 6 to 8 hours of taking mineral oil.
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