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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Bowel movements: Frequency of bowel movements vary greatly from several times a day to just once weekly. What's most important is non-liquid stool that doesn't require ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Lippe
28 years experience Gastroenterology
2 poop or not part 2: Its not a contest! more than a week is a concern. Eventually a person with fecal impaction will die from the condition but usually the person is ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Ask Dr. if 3-4 days: If a baby is eagerly and happily breastfeeding each day, if he has no tummy aches nor bloating, and if his poops are quite soft, then it is ok for him ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience Pediatrics
Breastfeeding: The longest time one of my patients have done this is 7 days. She was happy and was eating and voiding well and only had 4 poops within a month. It is ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Guzik
23 years experience Family Medicine
More fiber: Constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stools. Constipation is a common gastrointestinal problem. Most cases of constipati ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Lippe
28 years experience Gastroenterology
2 poop or not 2 poop: Anormal range of bowel movements is from twice daily to once a week. Going longer than that if you are on a normal diet is a concern. Fecal impactio ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carrie Cannon
32 years experience Family Medicine
Call to pediatrician: Not very long. If it is more than 3 days or hard stools, please call your pediatrician to be seen. Make sure your baby is taking in enough formula per ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Unben Pillay
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Constipation: hi Breast fed babies can vary in their bowel habits. Anything from 3 times per day to once in 3 days can be normal. However it depends what is nor ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
32 years experience Family Medicine
Slowly over time: Yes as organ and tissue failure occurs it will be very slowly over time unless you have a rupture of the colon in which case severe infection of the a ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to predict!: If one starts out normal, by the end of 1 week of no pooping, bad things should start to happen. Maybe severe abdominal pains. Maybe liquid poop will ... Read More
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