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A 22-year-old female asked:

is difficulty with bowel movements a long term effect from gastroschisis?

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Dr. Joseph Shen
Cardiac Electrophysiology 31 years experience
Could be...: It depends on how much intestines were protected or salvaged during the rescue/repair procedure. Probably, it may even depends on the method of repair, primary or staged... Logically speaking.

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A member asked:

What do normal bowel movements look like?

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Dr. Stephen Hefler
Specializes in Pediatrics
Many different forms: Newborns can have as many as 8-10 bms per day to as few as 1 per 4-5 days; they can be green, yellow or brown and have the consistency of cereal, birdseed, slime or mush. Diarrhea is almost pure water repeatedly and constipation is rocky-hard rabbit pellets. Anything in between, any color (except white) or consistency can be normal.
A 28-year-old member asked:

What is a normal frequency of bowel movements?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Usually 1-2 per day.: There is quite a bit of variability, but 1-2 bowel movements per day is typical. If yours are less frequent, you may need to drink more water each day (8-10 glasses) or increase your intake of fruit & vegetable fiber. Finally, if you still have problems, see your doctor to make sure there are no other relevant intestinal issues.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Should bowel movements look slimy? If not what does it mean?

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Dr. Elie Schochet
Colon and Rectal Surgery 18 years experience
NO: Stool may take on a slimy appearance for a few reasons. Most commonly, there may be some underlying colon infection especially if you have been around sick people, traveled abroad or taken recent antibiotics. It may also represent a problem with your ability to absorb fats. If fats are undigested they will produce a shiny slimy texture and the stool may float. Seek medical care if it doesn't impro.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What can help with bowel movements?

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Dr. Rama Harouni
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
High fiber diet: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables along with adequate oral hydration will help with regular bowel movements. You can also use otc fibers to help. Just remember to drink plenty of water.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What to do if I keep having bowel movements?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Isn't that normal?: Please elaborate if you're questioning: 1) stool frequency; 2) stool urgency; 3) fecal incontinence; 4) diarrhea of known or unknown cause; 5) unexplained change in bowel pattern, etc. We're here to help, but need clarification what you're asking.

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