Being constipated can keep your loved one eating foods that aren't so good for her or, worse still, avoid eating altogether. The first step is always to talk to your loved one's doctor, but there's some information about constipation that can help you and your loved one to deal with the issue.
She Feels Full Already
Even a little bit of constipation can keep your loved one feeling full long after she's eaten a bite. That can mean that even if she has other symptoms of hunger, such as low blood sugar or a growling stomach, she may not be willing or even able to put anything into her stomach. That feeling of fullness can lead to other issues, such as not moving as much as she should.
She May not Want to Move
The human body is an amazing thing. Every system ties into other systems and seemingly unrelated activities can go hand in hand. Such is the case with your loved one moving her body. Something as simple as taking a walk can help your loved one's body to stop feeling so sluggish. If your loved one isn't moving around very much, she may not be excited about the idea due to constipation. Try convincing her to become a little more active, if possible.
Medication Could Be Contributing
Your loved one's medications can have side effects that can either inspire constipation or make it much worse. If you suspect that your loved one's medication is causing her issues, talk with her doctor about either changing the dosage or the medication, if that's at all possible.
Laxatives Aren't the Answer
Many people think that laxatives are the perfect solution to this problem. While laxatives can be helpful when it comes to occasional constipation, you don't want your loved one to rely on them for daily use. Again, your best bet in this situation is to work with your loved one's doctor to determine the right solution for her.
Having elder care providers available can help your loved one to stick to care plans that help to reduce her likelihood of constipation.
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