Article Translations: (Spanish)
Laxatives are medicines that help you out when your bowels aren't moving. This is called constipation (say: kon-stuh-pay-shun). Constipation can be bad for your body, so a doctor may tell you to take a laxative to move things along.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2020 KidsHealth ® All rights reserved. Images provided by iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com