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Dietary Fiber

Dietary fiber, commonly known as roughage, refers to plant parts that are not digested or absorbed by the stomach or intestine. They increase the bulk of the stool and help relieve constipation. It also has additional health benefits and is advised to be an integral part of the diet.

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My 4-year-old son always has a smelly fart. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My 4-year-old son always has a smelly fart. He is drinking enough water and pooping once a day. Please help. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi. Welcome to I understand your concern. Fart smell depends upon the quality of food we take. Food which causes a lot of gas should be avoided. Limit phytate-rich food. Add more fiber to the diet. Add fruits & vegetables. Avoid fast food. If these factors are considered & imp...  Read Full »

My 9-month-old baby has had constipation for almost three months. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My 9-month-old baby has had constipation for almost three months. We changed her milk 4x now. She had constipation during her newborn period. She had a broncho and UTI, so she takes a lot of antibiotics. So, can this antibiotic affect her bowel movement? Now she is no longer taking any an...  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your daughter has habitual constipation, which is not due to the antibiotics taken earlier. Antibiotics never cause constipation and may cause loose stools or diarrhea. A child must be given fiber-rich foods like vegetables and lots of fluids. Constipation can result ...  Read Full »

I have had anal fissures for the past three years. Kindly suggest treatment options.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had anal fissures for the past three years. Initially, there was only a small lump; however, it progressed to itching, constipation, and blood in the stools. I have recently started getting fever with chills, mostly when I eat spicy foods. Also, I used to get a fever rarely. Ho...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you take more salads and fruits, a simple and light diet, avoid oily, spicy, and non-vegetarian foods for a few weeks, and drink plenty of water daily. I also suggest the below treatment plan for five days: Tablet Pan 40 (Pa...  Read Full »

I have been constipated, and I want to know how long I should take dietary fiber supplements?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been constipated for the past three days. My cousin, a doctor, asked me to take dietary fiber for constipation. But did not mention the supplements and dosage of how much I should take? Is dietary fiber available over-the-counter? If so, then how much will help my constipation? Fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Dietary fibers mean a fiber-rich diet. 1. Take more salads and fruits. 2. Take flax seeds regularly. 3. Do abdominal exercise regularly. 4. Can take (consult with a specialist doctor, consult with him or her and take medicines with their consent) Naturolax-A powder ...  Read Full »

I have pain in the anal region and sometimes experience mild bleeding while passing stools, along with pain and irritation while sitting. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am 17 years old and I have pain in the anal area and sometimes it causes a little bleeding while pooping. At times, it also causes pain and irritation while sitting. Are these symptoms of hemorrhoids or piles? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to We are pleased to have you on board. The symptoms are suggestive of fissure. You should visit a hospital for examination and the confirmation of the diagnosis. The main modality of treatment is to soften your stools. For that, you should eat a high-fiber diet that i...  Read Full »

I have constipation despite taking osmotic laxatives and fiber supplements daily. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am taking osmotic laxatives and fiber supplements daily to treat constipation. This problem started four months ago, and now I am passing a decent amount of stool, but not enough. I still feel full. Some days I have constipation and do not feel well. I feel like I need to cleanse my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are having chronic constipation problems. You need to rule out underlying organic causes if present by ultrasound (USG) scan. If it is functional constipation, then no need to worry. I suggest the following Daily exercise is recommended, drink more water daily, ...  Read Full »

I have had constipation for the past year. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had constipation for the past year, and the symptom relieves by taking Isabgol powder 20 gm or Cremafin syrup (almost every night). I might have been symptom-free only for about 15 days during this period. Medications like Softovac and Kabz Har are also effective. I have had no ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern regarding constipation without any alarming signs and symptoms like weight loss or gastrointestinal bleeding. The way you are managing the issue seems right. Your gut might be relatively slow naturally as you have...  Read Full »

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