This is the frequent passage of hard faeces It is frequently occurring to the children and elders. The stool is often hard and dry. Other symptoms may include abdominal pain, bloating, and feeling as if one has not completely passed the bowel movement.

   Constipation can be caused by the following:

I), Abnormally slow movement of faeces matter through the colon. As a result maximum absorption of water takes place leaving very dry hard faeces.

(ii) A diet low in fibre such as roughages

(iii) Failure of the sensory cells to signal the presence of faecal matter in the rectum.

Constipation can be controlled by

(i)  Eating high fibre rich food.

(ii) Drinking a lot of water.