According to a division of the National Institutes of Health, constipation is having less than 3 bowel movements a week. In addition, the stool is hard, dry, and difficult to pass. In children, it can be large, hard stools or hard, pellet-sized stools. If this is the first time you suspect constipation in your child, consult your doctor. There are several things that can cause constipation, including a diet low in fiber, a lack of fluids, or not enough exercise. Changes in appetite due to illness can also result in constipation. In children, another common cause is holding their bowel movement in for too long. There are some common signs and symptoms of constipation to look out for. Physical symptoms include less than 3 bowel movements in a week, hard stool, and stomachache or cramps.
What is an enema?
What form(s) does this medication come in?
An overview on the precautions on giving enemas to your child at home in order to relieve constipation. If your child has severe constipation , your child's doctor may prescribe an enema to be given at home. An enema is a liquid that is placed into the rectum.
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Sodium phosphates belong to a class of medications called laxatives. They work by drawing and retaining water into the colon to rapidly produce a bowel movement. This medication is used as a laxative to provide relief for occasional constipation , or to cleanse the bowels in preparation for a number of procedures , such as a colonoscopy. You should experience a bowel movement within 2 to 5 minutes after administering the enema rectally. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
An enema is the administration of a substance in liquid form into the rectum. This may be performed to aid bowel evacuation or to administer medicines. The administration of an enema not only requires skill and competence on behalf of the practitioner but also requires compliance with the NMC guidelines on the administration of medicines and local drug administration policy. There are two different types of enema for bowel evacuation, although they are very similar. Some enemas are given to produce an immediate effect, which is to lubricate, thus facilitating the passage of faeces.