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Health Information For Teens
Someone might have constipation if they:
Constipation is a very common problem. It usually isn’t a cause for concern. Healthy eating and exercise habits can help prevent it.
Reasons why people get constipated include:
In rare cases, constipation is a sign of other medical illnesses. Call your doctor if you continue to have problems, or if the constipation lasts for 2 to 3 weeks.
Different people have different bathroom habits. So someone who doesn’t have a bowel movement every day isn’t necessarily constipated. One person might go three times a day, while another might go once every 2–3 days.
But if you’re going less than you normally do, or if it’s often hard or painful to go, you might be constipated. A person with constipation might:
To prevent and treat constipation:
Some medical conditions — like diabetes, lupus, or problems with the thyroid gland — also can cause constipation. If you’re worried that your constipation is a sign of something else, talk to your parents and your doctor.
Dehydration is when the amount of water in the body has dropped too low. Read about what causes dehydration, what it does to your body, and how to prevent it.
There’s good stress and bad stress. Find out what’s what and learn practical ways to cope in this article.
Lots of different problems can cause similar kinds of stomach pain – not all of them related to the digestive system. Here are some clues about what could be going on.
Nearly everybody gets diarrhea every once in a while, and it’s usually caused by gastrointestinal infections. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Read this article to learn more.
Some of the best and most delicious foods have loads of fiber. Find out how to get your fill of fiber!
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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