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What do I need to know about caring for someone with chronic constipation?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

When caring for someone with chronic constipation, ensure that they are given ample opportunity to use the restroom. Neglecting the need to use the bathroom will only aggravate their condition. Include high-fiber food and lots of liquid in their diet. Monitor their medications to make sure they are not taking something that may add to their constipation. If possible, incorporate activity into their daily life, because inactivity has been linked to chronic constipation. Remember that bowel movements can vary. What is important is that they produce three or more bowel movement in a week.

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