Toilet issues

1 Constipation

Please note: All tips in this section have been suggested by members of our community.

Constipation advice

The Nutrionist Resource website has a useful and easy-to-read section on constipation. 

Ortisan fruit cubes

For constipation try Ortisan Fruit cubes. We have tried everything and these are the best. You can get them at chemists and health food shops.

Organic apricots

To manage constipation, use organic apricots (not the orange ones, they must be brown, which means they have no chemicals in them). They are lovely stewed with apples, raisins and sultanas, maybe to add to a breakfast cereal as a natural sweetener.

Blow bubbles

If someone you're caring for is having problems with constipation or "holding in" sit them down on the toilet with a bottle of bubbles and ask them to blow some bubbles. The steady breathing technique will help them relax and should get things moving.

Rosemary's bowel blaster recipe

Overnight, soak a portion of prunes, a portion of unsulphured apricots, some sultanas and raisins. Then slowly stew until soft, puree and keep in fridge. This can have powerful effects, so go slowly at first.

Marion's constipation remedy

Ingredients: 300 gm tin prunes (stoned) plus the juice; 3 large, ripe bananas; 1/2 pound mixed dried fruit (or 1/2 pound of unsulphured dried apricots); 200 ml water Method: Liquidise the ingredients and divide into 10 portions which can be individually frozen. The sauce can be put on breakfast instead of (or as well as) milk, used as a drink or a pudding (if too thick to be used as a drink). Begin with a small amount – 15 ml a day of and work up to a regular 100 ml per day. Expect to wait up to a week for results.

Natural movement

My daughter has Sanfilippo Disease and is very prone to constipation. I don't like relying on medication, so I found that giving her raisins and prunes every day, really helps to get things moving!

Paw paw / papaya

For constipation, try the reddest of paw paw (also known as papaya). Really helps with digestion generally.

Apple juice does the trick

A glass and a half of fresh – not concentrated – 'cloudy' apple juice works amazing quickly on constipation. Drinking plenty of water really makes a difference too.

Coconut water

I find giving my daughter coconut water really helps with constipation. I buy it in cartons from health food shops.

Helpful foods

Our doctor suggested including spinach, ladyfinger, papaya, figs and methi leaves in our daughter's diet to help constipation. These along with lots of water helped a lot and slowly we stopped her lactulose.

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These tips have been contributed by members of our online community. We hope they will give you some ideas to try, but if you need further help why not post a question to the community or talk to one of our community advisors. If you have any concerns about your health or the wellbeing of someone you are caring for, please consult a doctor or qualified professional.

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