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An inability to have regular and easy bowel movements, often associated with bloating.

The common causes of constipation in adults:
  • Medication use (Anticholinergics, Antidepressants and Calcium)
  • Laxative Habit
  • Poor Diet (High Carbohydrates and Low Fiber)
  • Inflammation of the Anus
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Decreased Defecation Reflex
  • Partial Bowel Obstruction
  • Hemorrhoids

The common causes of constipation in children:
  • Rectal Fissures
  • Abnormal Feeding, Dehydration (in Infants)
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Encopresis (Inability to control stool, in children after age 4 years)

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