WHAT IS CONSTIPATION
- Constipation can be defined as fewer than normal bowel movements (incomplete / infrequent) and the person has to strain hard, in order to pass them.
- It is a symptom, not a disease.
- In other words, constipation means less frequent than normal bowel movements for a given individual.
- An individual can not be labeled as ‘constipated’, if despite lesser number of bowel movements (2 – 3 / week) his stools are soft without any odour and he is comfortable.
EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM
- Every individual suffers from this problem at one time or other. All of us have experienced constipation sometimes in our life.
- Even newborns and younger children are not spared.
- Children, pregnant women and old people are more prone to it.
- The tendency to constipate also increases during summer season (summer constipation) and while traveling. This may be related to psychological, bodily and dietary changes occurring in each of the above circumstances.