Constipation

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Words to Know


bowel movement—when stool passes out of your child’s body. Also called a “BM.”


diarrhea (dye-uh-REE-yuh)—passing loose, watery stools.


enema (EN-uh-muh)—a liquid put into a person’s bottom to make him or her pass stool.


laxative (LAX-uh-tiv)—a medicine to make stools softer.


nausea (NAW-zha)—feeling like throwing up.


rectum—the last several inches of the large intestine, where stool is stored before passing out of the body.