Spina bifida, caused from an abnormality of neural tube formation, is one of the most common birth defects in the United States. Several secondary conditions, such as obesity, bowel and bladder issues, and pressure sores can all be managed through proper nutrition and exercise. In particular, constipation is a very common problem for many people with spina bifida. Appropriate fiber and water intake can help this condition. Use the infographic below as a guide to highlight some tips for handling any constipation issues.
For more information about spina bifida and nutrition, refer to NCHPAD’s factsheet as a wonderful resource: http://www.nchpad.org/777/4145/Nutrition~Spotlight~~~Nutritional~Considerations~for~Adults~with~Spina~Bifida