Constipation means that bowel movements are infrequent or difficult. This condition affects 42 million people in the U.S. It is a symptom, not a disease. Usually, it goes away within a few days. If it is chronic or lasts a long time, it can lead to complications. If this happens, it is important to speak to a doctor.
As a caregiver, take time to explore the causes and symptoms of constipation. Learn about treatments and what you can do to help the person you care for.