Constipation Corrections of Errors in Diet
Categories: Digestive Organs
This is one of the necessary features in
the treatment. All kinds of foods known to disagree should be discarded.
The foods should be easily digested. In children the diet should be rich
in fats, albuminoids and sugar, but poor in starches. A reasonable amount
of fruits such as apples, oranges, and figs should be allowed. Meals
should be at regular hours. Foods that can be used:
Soups. Meat broths, oyster soup.
Fish. Boiled fish of all kinds, raw oysters.
Meats. Almost any fresh tender meat, poultry, game, not fried.
Farinaceous. Oatmeal, wheaten grits, mush, hominy, whole wheat bread,
corn bread, graham bread, rye bread.
Vegetables. Boiled onions, brussels sprouts, spinach, cauliflower,
potatoes, asparagus, green corn, green peas, string beans, salads with
Desserts. Stewed prunes, figs, baked apples with cream, ripe peaches,
pears, oranges, apples, melons, grapes, cherries, raisins, honey, plain
puddings, fig puddings, apple charlotte.
Drinks. Plenty of pure water, cold or hot, new cider, buttermilk, orange
juice, unfermented grape juice.
Must Not Take--
Salt, smoked, potted or preserved fish or meats, pork, liver, eggs, new
bread, puddings of rice or sago, pastry, milk, sweets, tea, nuts, cheese,
pineapple, spirituous liquors.
Foods classed as laxatives are honey, cider, molasses, and acid fruits,
such as apples, pears, peaches, cherries, and oranges. Berries are
effective laxatives on account of the acids and seeds they contain.
(Huckleberries are constipating). Prunes, dates and figs are good and
effective, also fruit juices.
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Drinks. There are few laxatives better than a glass of cold water or
preferably hot water, taken upon an empty stomach before breakfast; water
prevents the feces from becoming dry and massed, and stimulates the
intestinal movements. A pinch of salt added to the water increases its
Out-door Exercise. This should be taken regularly and freely.
Bathing. The best time is before breakfast, and in as cold water as
possible. The bath should be followed by a thorough rubbing of the skin
with a Turkish towel.
Clothing. Warm clothing in winter; cool clothing in summer. Cold weather
induces constipation, and warm weather diarrhea. Moderate manner of living
PHYSICIANS' TREATMENT for Constipation. 1. One year to three years. For
infants one teaspoonful or less of black molasses or store syrup, or of
olive oil; and Mellin's food eaten dry, is good for babies a year and
2. Small Children. Increase cream in the milk, give oatmeal or barley
water. Castile soap suppository, enema, massage, castor oil, or citrate of
magnesia if drugs are needed.
3. Older Children. In older children, fruit, oatmeal, etc. Black molasses
is good for children, one to two teaspoonfuls.
4. Fluid Extract of Cascara Sagrada. Dose: ten to sixty drops at night.
This is good for a great many cases and sometimes it cures the trouble,
but on the other hand it seems to injure some people.
5. The Aromatic Cascara is also good; doses are larger and pleasant to
take. This is more agreeable for children.
6. The Compound Licorice Powder is a mild, simple laxative and effective.
It is composed of senna eighteen parts, licorice root powder sixteen
parts, fennel eight parts, washed sulphur eight parts, sugar fifty parts.
Dose:--One to two teaspoonfuls.
7. For one dose, or one capsule, the proportions would be:
ONE AMOUNT FOR
CAPSULE ONE DOZEN
Aloin 1/4 grain 3 grains
Extract of Belladonna 1/8 grain 10 grains
Extract Nux Vomica 1/4 grain 3 grains
Powdered Gentian 3 grains 36 grains
Mix and put up in twelve capsules and take one at night.
There are many tablets and pills made that can be bought at any drug
store. No doubt some of them are first class, though perhaps not attaining
to that high degree of virtue claimed in their advertising columns.