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The do's and don'ts to help relieve constipation

Constipation is a particularly common problem, though some are more likely to suffer than others.

Did you know you're more likely to complain of constipation if you're pregnant, thanks to hormone changes? Little ones also are likely to suffer from occasional, slow bowel movements: 1 in 3 children in the UK have suffered from constipation at some point. 

How much we go to the toilet can vary person to person, so it's important to know your body and know when something isn't normal for you or your little one.

If constipation has been troubling you and your family, there is no need to panic. There are several things you can do to help relieve constipation and the symptoms that come with it...

The do's and don'ts to help relieve constipation:

1) Drink more water

Chronic dehydration can cause constipation, so it is important to stay hydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of fluid such as water, diluted squash or fruit juice and be careful with sugary fizzy drinks, which may contain more sugar than you need. 

2) Exercise more

Turns out, exercise can really help constipation. If you're not a fan of going to the gym, don't worry as there are many other ways to get your daily dose of exercise. Why not go to the park for a kick about or indulge in a park walk? All you need is a regular activity you enjoy to help things moving again. 

3) Try DulcoSoft!

DulcoSoft works with the body to provide comfortable relief of constipation. With its gentle mode of action, it can be used from the first signs of constipation and is suitable for the whole family*

* Not for children under 2 years. For children 2-8 years, pregnant and breastfeeding women, advice from a doctor is recommended.

How does it work? The active ingredient macrogol 4000, attracts and retains the water naturally present in the colon to soften the stools and make bowel movements more comfortable.  

DulcoSoft is a medical device. Contains macrogol 4000. Always read the label. 


4) Fill up with fibre 

Try adding fibre-rich food to every meal. You should aim on average to get 30g of fibre in your daily diet and can do this by eating foods such as oats, seeds, fruits, vegetables and wholegrain pasta. However, make sure you increase the amount of fibre gradually into your diet, as a sudden increase can cause flatulence and/or bloating. 


5) Get your toilets habits right

Try to stick to a toilet routine and go at the same time and place every day.  Try not to give in to the urges to go out of this time and respond to your bowel's natural pattern. 


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Catriona originally joined the team as an Editorial Assistant to work on the 2019 M&B Awards. As a Digital Writer, she has written and updated hundreds of articles on the site from medical explainers to celebs news and shopping galleries.

Catch her running along the Thames or eating her way around London's restaurants.


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