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Constipation, dark circle under eyes, allergic to pollen and plants. Using stool softener. Advice?

my son does not have diareaha he just get constipated easy so he has to take a none habit forming stool softener called Miralax every day. I will get his haemoglobin tested thanks for your response to my question. What do dark circles under his eyes mean he has lot of allergies to trees pollen and plants. Nancy Tubbs
Wed, 17 Jul 2013
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For constipation use of stool softener is recommended only when the non-pharmacologic measures fail. It is not safe to use stool softeners for long time. Let him try with these measures:
i. drink lot of water
ii. consume more green leafy vegetables and fruits
iii. have regular exercise
As the age is not given, I suggest to visit a surgeon and get Rectal Examination done to rule out rectal causes.
For Dark Circles under Eyes: Dark circle under eyes is usually a sign of stress/ over work and /or lack of sleep. Suggest to have good sleep of at least 6 hours , take plenty of fluids and can use multivitamin preparations. Try to find out the allergens and avoid exposure to allergens as much as possible.
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