Constipation is common and it affects people of all ages. You can usually treat it at home with simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.

It Is likely to be constipation if: you or your child have not had a poo at least 3 times in a week.

The poo is often difficult to push out and larger than usual, the poo is often dry, hard, or lumpy.

It is not unusual for a breastfeeding baby to go a week without having a poo.

You may also have a stomach-ache and feel bloated or sick.


Constipation in adults has many possible causes. Sometimes there is no obvious reason.

The most common causes include:

Not eating enough fibre like such as fruit, vegetables, and cereals, not drinking enough fluids

Not exercising or being less active, changing your diet or daily routine, stress, anxiety, or depression

Side effect of medication, during pregnancy.

In much rarer cases, constipation may be caused by a medical condition.

Self-help tips

Exercising and being active especially if you are pregnant, taking fruits and vegetables.

Reading labels of medications as some of them cause constipation.


Over the counter laxatives could help and usually sorts you out. In some instances, you might need to be prescribed some stronger laxatives. Most times speaking to your pharmacist could solve the problem.

For babies and toddlers, please speak to a doctor.

When do you get in touch with Sandsclinic?

If you have been constipated for the last 5 days, if you have any abdominal pain or vomiting or if there are any other concerns.

We could organise a review and ensure there is no bowel obstruction or other condition causing your symptoms.