Danger Signals

WARNING SIGNS

A doctor must be seen in any of the following circumstances

  • For adults with constipation, physician’s advice has to be sought if
    • When there is a difficulty in passing stools (especially hard stools).
    • If there is bleeding through anus.
    • If there is pain associated with passing stools.
    • Unexplained weight loss.
    • If there is gross reduction in number of normal bowel movements and failure even to pass gas.
    • If there is a sudden change in the usual bowel habits, i.e. sudden onset of constipation or constipation alternating with diarrhea.
    • If vomiting and abdominal distension also start along with constipation.
  • For children with constipation, physician’s advice has to be sought if
    • Passing stools gets painful or is accompanied by passage of blood.
    • Constipation of a longer duration (longer than 3 weeks).
    • Constipation causing a poor growth (due to poor appetite) in a child.
    • Child suffers repeated urinary infections (due to full bowel).
    • Child is lethargic and unable to participate in normal activities.
    • Inability to push stools out after optimum efforts.