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Being constipated means not pooing regularly. It means your bowel gets overloaded and it can be very uncomfortable.
We all have our own rhythms, but any less frequently than that and you are likely to be constipated
About 1 in 100 teenagers experiences problems with constipation or with accidentally soiling themselves. Sometimes there doesn’t seem any clear reason for this.
Not having a poo regularly means that your poo gets hard and dry (like rabbit droppings). Sometimes fresher poo can leak around this and cause soiling. If this goes on over a long time, your bowel may stretch and it may take a while to shrink back to its usual size. This can mean your body finds it hard to sense when you do need a poo.
One way of helping combat constipation is to drink plenty of water and eat a high fibre diet- that means lots of fruit and vegetables. If the problem carries on, then visit the GP.
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