Nursing Diagnosis for Constipation and Diarrhea

  1. Constipation related to:
    • Inadequate fiber intake
    • Immobility/inadequate physical activity
    • Inadequate fluid intake
    • Pain on defecation
    • Change in routine (diet intake)
    • Abuse of laxatives
    • Delaying defecation when urge is present
    • Use of prescribed constipating medications (narcotic analgesic, iron, antacid and anticholinergic)
  2. Perceived constipation related to:
    • Altered thought process
    • Family health beliefs
    • Knowledge deficit about normal processes
  3. Diarrhea related to:
    • Dietary alteration
    • Stress/anxiety
    • Inflammation/irritation of the bowel
    • drug side effects
    • spoiled food
    • tube feeding
    • allergy
  4. Potential fluid volume deficit related to:
    • diarrhea
    • abnormal fluid loss through ostomy
  5. Potential impaired skin integrity related to:
    • Prolonged diarrhea
    • Bowel incontinence
    • Bowel diversion ostomy

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