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Did you know how stress can exacerbate IBS symptoms?

Many of us know what Irritable Bowel Syndrome is, but I had no idea that IBS can be influenced in such a way by stress and anxiety. Edward Blanchard, PhD, professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany said that “about 60% of IBS patients will meet the criteria for one or more psychiatric disorders”.

We all have problems. Different things cause stress for different people. Stress can include:

Does Coffee Cause Constipation?

Your coffee may greet you in the morning and get you through the day. However, depending on how much coffee you drink and how sensitive you are to caffeine, you may experience side effects that are not so pleasant.

The good news is that caffeine influences your digestive system in multiple ways. It serves as a diuretic, it quickens the digestive process and it stimulates your colon. The effect of these mechanisms varies based on other physical factors; depending on your situation, caffeine can actually cause, relieve, worsen or prevent constipation. If you understand how the process works, you can avoid the uncomfortable effects of caffeine and even use its gastrointestinal powers to your advantage.

Why Is My Toddler Suddenly Constipated?

The first sign of constipation in toddlers is pain while moving the bowels. This pain is caused by stools that are either too large or too hard to pass out effortlessly. Hard stools don‘t have to be large to cause pain.

After experiencing pain, children commonly suppress and withhold stools, which is usually self-evident from observing their behavior. In turn, withheld stools dry out and harden up, making the next bowel movement even more painful. All other causes of a toddler‘s constipation are derivative from the moment of experiencing that first pain.