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my daughter runs to the bathroom after every single meal and most times passes very small stools what can the problem be ? thanks in advance

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Bowel movements: We all have a reflex called the gastrocolic reflex that causes us to defecate after a meal, especially a large meal. This is a defense mechanism for the body to rid itself of waste so we could be ready to fight of flee back in the days of old. This is more pronounced in some people and after going through stressors.
Answered on Oct 31, 2014
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Dr. Satish Sundar
33 years experience Pediatrics
It could also be a sign of irritable bowel syndrome which can certainly be associated with stress, exaggerated gastro colic reflex. There are other causes like lactose intolerance, celiac disease. Patient's age is important in giving such lists of causes.
Oct 9, 2014
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Gastrocolic reflex: Babies have a gastrocolic reflex - when food hits the stomach there is a signal sent to the colon to empty. This persists in some people and is not generally a problem unless there is diarrhea, incontinence or other significant stool abnormality.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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