I had a family member who was quite young when she had the same problem while in the hospital. They tried enemas and several other procedures. I asked the nurses if I could bring some prunes and prune juice to the hospital. They allowed me to do so . Well in a very short time after getting the prunes into her system she had a relaxed bowel movement. She was feeling much better after taking the prunes. All you have to do to keep prunes handy is to place a package of them in a container and cover with water. Place the lid on them and allow them to sit over night. You will find that the prunes are very sweet and ready to consume the next day.