By Dr. Uchechi Wosu Isirimah – Owner | September 21, 2018
One of the problems that your elderly family member might be facing on top of her other health concerns is constipation. Usually, three days without a bowel movement is officially constipation, but your senior might be uncomfortable before then.
Medication Changes Can Affect Constipation
Some of the medications that your aging family member takes for various health conditions can affect whether she’s constipated or not. Medications such as pain medication, for instance, can have an extremely powerful effect. Remember, too, that if she’s taking more than one or two medications that have the same type of side effects, those can compound and become even more severe.
Drinking More Water Can Help
Every system of your elderly family member’s body uses water to help it function properly. In the case of her intestinal tract, the water that she drinks helps her bowels to move food and waste through the intestines and process the nutrients. Bumping up your senior’s water intake even just a little bit can help to ease this process along.
Over-the-counter Remedies Might Help
There are plenty of over-the-counter remedies that can help with constipation, but they may or may not be right for your aging adult. Stool softeners and other medications that help to relieve gas and bloating are something that you should talk to your senior’s doctor about before trying them. There may be a better solution depending on her existing health and medications.
Learn When to Be Concerned
The most important aspect of this entire process is that you need to be aware of when you should be truly concerned. Talk to your elderly family member’s doctor about what should be normal in terms of your senior’s bowel movements. It might even help to keep track of them so that you know when she’s last had one. Make sure that chart or log is accessible to other people who help, like senior care providers, so that you’ve got all the data that you need to have.
Remember that if you’re concerned about what you’re seeing, you should definitely talk to your senior’s doctor. Even if there’s nothing wrong, there’s no harm in letting her doctor know that you’re noticing signs and symptoms that don’t seem right to you. It’s always better to be safe than it is to be sorry later on.
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