About Stool Withholding and Constipation
Stool withholding is common among children (unwilling to interrupt playtime for potty breaks), students (with full class schedules), people (with heavy workloads or limited breaks), and the elderly (who may have difficulty accessing restrooms). Stool withholding leads to constipation.
How Does Withholding Stools Lead to Constipation?
The colon continues its job of extracting fluids even after stools are formed. So, when stools are withheld, they dry out, harden and become difficult to pass. This is constipation.Though a short delay in response to the urge to "go" may be necessary to find a bathroom, ignoring the urge to "go" on a daily basis promotes constipation.
What Else Can Happen?
Withholding stools regularly can also stretch out the rectal sac. When this occurs, more stools are required to fill the sac before the defecation reflex is triggered. This means that as the stools collect, they gradually dry out. Also, as with any reflex where the stimulus and response actions are separated, the defecation reflex can become weak. This means that it is possible to loose this natural reflex. Without the urge to "go", you will not know when it is time to move your bowel. Again, stools retained in the sac will gradually dry out. Chronic problems with constipation is likely.
3 Tips to Recover Defecation Reflex Responsiveness
Daily Servings of Fruit-Eze™Processing the fiber in Fruit-Eze Regularity Blend strengthens colon muscles, including those in the rectum.
Respond to Nature's "Call"Do not hold stools longer than necessary to locate a bathroom. Always respond to the urge to "go".
Anticipate Nature's "Call"To help your body to reconnect the stimulus response cycle of this reflex, toilet yourself about 30 to 45 minutes after meals.
4 Bowel Tips for Parents
- Serve your child Fruit-Eze™ Regularity Blend everyday
- Encourage breaks during play time (children, busy at play, may not stop to take potty breaks).
- About 30-45 minutes after eating, encourage toileting.
- Avoid heavy meals before going to activities where restrooms are not available.