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Question by  DanB (15)

Is mineral oil an effective treatment for constipation?

My mother used to give us some kind of oil; I can't remember what it was.


Answer by  John (9008)

Mineral Oil is actually toxic and can cause severe injury or even death. Your mother probably gave you castor oil or fish oil, both of which can help end constipation.


Answer by  kdem (551)

If it but the side effects are not pleasant. This can cause major diarrhea which can lead to dehydration. It is best to use the least amount of something possible drink fluids and try a stool softeners.


Answer by  valerie87 (20)

Yes mineral oil is effective. It is an emollient that temporarily coats the intestines and prevents reabsorption of water. As an effect, stool are soft and easily excreted. I recommend taking 2-4 teaspoons of castor oil to reduce constipation.


Answer by  plantstar (23)

Oil in general isn't very healthy. Try eating fiber found in raw fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Eating animal products like meat and dairy causes many health issues, namely constipation since they take longer to digest and usually stay in the intestines a long time. Go a couple weeks with little to no animal products and you will notice.

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