An enema is a method of injecting fluid into the lower bowel through the rectum to excrete the fecal matter when there is severe constipation and stool cannot be pushed out normally. Enema administration is used for lower bowel cleaning. Cleansing and retention enemas are the two types of enemas, of which cleansing enema is used for flushing out the stool and retention enemas help in stimulating the bowel movements.

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What are the causes of constipation in children?

Query: Hi doctor, My child was constipated for the past four days. Our doctor gave enema and he passed his stools. Now, again, he is suffering from constipation. What is the reason?  Read Full »

Dr. Sirisha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Constipation is a common problem in children. It is usually temporary, which is relieved by medications given through the anus. It might persist for a few days and suppository can be used to pass stools, instead of enema. Please take care of dietary habits, whi...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some curative measures for constipation.

Query: Hi doctor, I am following low carb diet of fewer than 1500 calories and facing constipation problem. Sometimes, I am bleeding while emptying the bowel. My stool is very hard and in groups of small pieces. Also, it comes very low in quantity. I am drinking 5 to 6 liters of water and having green leaf...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do not worry. You can use the enema to relieve constipation, which is caused as a side effect of drugs. The principle of enema is to irritate the rectal mucosa which causes defecation. You can ask your gastroenterologist to prescribe you Polyethylene Glycol....  Read Full »

Can Enema be used to pass stools in constipated patients?

Query: Hello doctor, I am constipated and I do want to pass stools but passing them is extremely painful. I took two laxative pills but they cannot work due to the fact that my stool is too hard to be passed. Tomorrow I was planning on buying an at home enema, since it is too late to go to a drug store, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should take an enema if one is not working then apply another adult enema. Applying olive oil on the anal area can help together with sitting on warm baths to help ease bowel movement. Should increase water intake. Take olive oil (1 full tablespoon) early in the ...  Read Full »

I have discharged round, flat black pellets from my colon. Kindly advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I had round and flat black pellets discharged from my colon after coffee enema with gentle massage. I do not have pain or abdominal discomfort, but I occasionally get gassy. The black balls are all perfectly round, flat, and all are exactly the same size and structure. I discharged ab...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I need following details to help you better: Did you have same pellets coming out prior to coffee enema also? How many times do you pass stools? Are the pellets coming every time you have a motion? Since how many days are you having this? Revert with more information to a...  Read Full »

Why am I having mucus in my stools?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been constipated for four days. I have taken a laxative with very little output. I took an enema yesterday, that is day three, and all that passed was mucus with no blood in the mucus. I keep having the urge to go, and all that is passing is mucus. I have drunk a gallon of wate...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am very sorry about your health condition. What enema did you take? Few enemas may lead to irritation of anal mucosa lead to passing only mucous in stools. Other possibilities for constipation are hypothyroidism, electrolyte imbalance like hypokalemia, low fiber in...  Read Full »

My son has abdominal swelling after Hirschsprung disease operation. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2 years old. He had a problem with stool passage and Hirschsprung disease. Last month, with the guidance of doctor laparoscopy and colonic biopsy were done under trans and endorectal pull-through operation. But, for the last two weeks, he is suffering from abdominal distentio...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and your history as well. As per the report, there is an obstruction in the intestine due to the local infection, which generally happens post surgery in some cases. I would suggest you t...  Read Full »

Is there any medication to cure ulcerative proctitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old. I was diagnosed with proctitis stage of ulcerative colitis in January. Doctor prescribed Mesalamine suppositories and I was healed. It again started in May. Doctor prescribed me three Mesalamine suppositories a day but the bleeding still continues. Any advice on med...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can imagine how upset you are about your disease. Thankfully it is limited to the rectum and not extensive to involve the left side of the colon. I am sure that your previous gastroenterologist had done biopsy of the rest of colon to exclude microscopic activity in...  Read Full »

Why is there increasing amounts of mucus in the feces?

Query: Hi doctor, My 77-year-old wife has had constipation issues all her life. This coupled with IBS that generally results in at best small balls of feces. This is day five of no real bowel movement. She had a total knee replacement nine months ago and para-esophageal hiatal hernia repair. Early on use ...  Read Full »

Dr. Noushif. M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The mucus usually results from prolonged constipation and has nothing to worry. She needs to take measures to avoid constipation. Have a high fiber diet. Avoid constipating foods. Take 2 to 3 liters of water daily. You can have low dose laxatives like Cremaffin (Liquid...  Read Full »

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