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Constipation is an acute or chronic condition in which bowel movements occur less often than usual or consist of hard, dry stools that are painful or difficult to pass.

Bowel habits vary, but an adult who has not had a bowel movement in three days or a child who has not had a bowel movement in four days is considered constipated. It usually results from not getting enough exercise, not drinking enough water or from a diet that does not include an adequate amount of fiber-rich foods like beans, bran cereals, fruits, raw vegetables, rice and whole-grain breads. You can try some remedies at home.
  1. One tablespoonful of corn syrup added to eight ounces of water.
  2. Add some sugar or honey to milk. Drink it twice a day.
  3. Bael fruit (Indian) is the best laxative of all fruits. It cleans and tones up the intestines.
  4. Guava when eaten with seeds provides roughage to diet.
  5. Add more fruits, especially prunes to the diet. Pears, grapes, orange juice and papaya are also useful.
  6. Constipation in toddlers and older children may be relieved by giving bran cereal
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