Home remedies for constipation include gentle exercise, drinking enough fluids, eating foods high in fiber, and establishing a bathroom schedule. Other remedies are adding a fiber supplement to the daily diet, using a stool softener or a rectal glycerin suppository, according to WebMD.
Taking a short walk is a good way to get some light exercise. Walking time should be gradually increased until it reaches 20 minutes, says WebMD. Additionally, it is recommended that adults consume at least eight glasses of water daily. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine is also important as these substances contribute to dehydration.
If these methods do not relieve constipation, a laxative may be required. However, talk to a doctor before giving laxatives to a teenager, advises WebMD. There are two types of laxatives: osmotic and stimulant. Osmotic laxatives hold fluids in the intestines and draw additional fluid into the intestines from other tissues. This helps soften stool so that it passes easier.
Stimulant laxatives increase the speed at which stool moves through the intestines, explains WebMD. This type of laxative should be used with caution as they may create a dependency. Using stimulant laxatives regularly may also decrease the body's ability to absorb vitamin D and calcium. If constipation persists after using laxatives, medical evaluation is required.