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Constipation can make it very uncomfortable to use the bathroom. It can also negatively affect your behavior. This handout will help you understand what constipation is and its causes and symptoms of constipation. It will also explain how you can help ease the discomfort of your constipation.
Constipation is when stools are hard, dry or difficult to pass. This can make pooping uncomfortable or can make you want to delay or avoid using the bathroom.
Sometimes, you can pass loose stool around the hard stool that is stuck. We say someone is constipated when he or she has 1 of these signs:
People who have Down syndrome have lower muscle tone. This can make it harder for them to poop. You can become constipated for many other reasons.
Some of these reasons are:
When you are constipated, the symptoms can be uncomfortable. You might have some of these symptoms:
There are a few ways you can help ease your constipation. Here are a few suggestions:
If you are very constipated, ask the doctor about an initial clean-out. This is when you take medication to ease constipation. Talk to the doctor before starting an initial clean-out.
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