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After Mastrubating Pooping Gets Hard
When my 6 year old daughter poops, it's bloody, & it's very firm. It's been like this for almost 4 days. Why? & should I be worried? Thank you!
Constipation.: Hard stools can cause streaks of blood on the stool, if it is dripping blood or mixed with mucous it is more concerning. I would see the doctor soon. You can try more fruits, vegetables and more liquids like apple juice to soften the stool. ...Read more
Poop: The consistency of a normal stool should be that of a soft, yet formed structure that expels out of the rectum with relative ease and minimal to no discomfort. Both a hard and slimy stool are abnormal. ...Read more
Possibly: From pregnancy, it is known that the high levels of progesterone associated with it can slow bowel movements. It could be that your bowel are sensitive to the progestin in your birth control pill and slow down. Switching to a birth control pill with a different type of progestin may help. ...Read more
Feedings?: What type of feeding is he taking? Breast milk or formula? Breast milk is rarely constipating. You may need to try a different formula (soy is more constipating than the cow's milk type)- check with your doctor first. You can add a tablespoon of dark karo syrup to one feeding a day to soften the stool. If not better, check with your doctor. ...Read more
Hemorrhoids: Usually your hemorrhoids will bulge out or even bleed. Very normal, but can be painful and scary sometimes. ...Read more
My two year old is having a hard time pooping and when she dose it looks just like sand and it is very little
I'm only 16 and i been having a hard time pooping. So I've been bleeding so much now it's been months like this. Please help :(?
Get this checked.: Probably the most common causes of rectal bleeding are hemorrhoids and fissures (tears in the skin of the rectum). But don't take my word that this is why you are having bleeding. Rectal bleeding is a concern that should be taken seriously. Your care provider may refer you for a colonoscopy to look at your colon and be certain that nothing more serious is going on. Lgromko md. ...Read more
Not to long ago I had a hard time pooping, more than a few times just mucus came out. Lately it's been green and loose. What could be the cause?
REALLY STUCK: You are likely having liquid stools going around a giant solid log of poop. Start by doing a MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) clean out on the weekend. Put MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) into everything you drink until you poop clear. Then, the important thing is to not let it happen again. Stool softeners are pretty useless to actually "soften" stool. Titrate MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) every other day, or daily to avoid hard rocks. Drink more water, eat veg! ...Read more
Constipated...: Most likely he is suffering from constipation. Trying to increase his fluids (prune or apple juice works well), and decrease milk intake if he drinks a lot. Depends on if this is a long-standing problem or if he has pain with defecation which is causing him to withhold, treatment with a stool softener like MiraLAX (generic = polyethylene glycol) may be needed, but I would start this with his doc. ...Read more
For the past two days I've been getting really sharp pains in my sides and then after I poop it gets better for a little while. It's hard using bathro?
Normal: Constipation is extremely common in the first trimester. High levels of Progesterone slow the bowel down and lead to constipation. Also, water intake is usually decreased due to nausea and not feeling well. Increase water intake and add a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium). You can also use laxatives like Dulcolax or sennekot if needed. ...Read more
Nothing: If she has no discomfort, nothing needs done. If there is blood or painful straining, call your pediatrician. ...Read more
My maid informed me that she has been going to poop only once a week and she has a regular diet. She says its hard when she goes. Why is this?
My two months old baby has very slimmy poop for three days now. She poops at least four times daily with hard noisy push anytime she wants to poop?
Don't worry: Unless the number of BM's have greatly increased and she is acting fussy and not eating well. You didn't mention if she is breastfed, and if that is the case, it's possible that some change in your diet is responsible. Watch for the next few days, and in most cases these changes resolve without an explanation. See your doctor if not resolving ...Read more
I keep having a hard time pooping and ifart and mucus clear with light brown in it comes out & just brown sometimesshould italk to dr I'm 19 yrs old?
Yes consult your MD: You have this problem of chronic constipation. It may just be functional constipation and it may be causing blockage in your rectum and/or colon, or you may have a medical condition causing your symptoms like irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. You may need just enema and/or laxatives or prescription meds to relieve your symptoms at young age of 19. ...Read more
Infant constipation: Constipation in infants is not defined by how often they go, but rather the consistency of the stools. You describe hard stools that are difficult for the baby to pass — that is constipation. I would start with adding extra fluids in the form of water or juice to help soften stools. If don't feel good about the addictive/sugary juice, then can use MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) daily-ask pediatrician about dose. ...Read more
Yes: Excessive wiping of the anus and the surrounding skin and particularly using soap or shampoo to clean the anus could irritate and damage the skin and cause itching. Itching by itself causes the urge to wipe the anus and further damage the skin. There is a disease called "Pruritus Ani" (it means itching of the anus) which could be caused by excessive cleaning habits and too much wiping. ...Read more
Poop varies.: Without an exam, I can only give general information, and stool can be very dark if there is iron in it (often from bleeding somewhere, but can just be from vitamins or foods). ...Read more
Constipation: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 – 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day get that fiber in. Stay physically active with regular exercise. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. Get rectal bleeding checked. ...Read more
Diet/hydration: The large intestine extracts water from the poo when a baby is not taking in enough fluids, so pebble stools can reflect poor fluid intake. Applesauce, bananas and some cereals tend to slow stooling and could also be involved. Apple juice, prune juice, peaches and pears tent to loosen stools. ...Read more
Fluid, fruits,veg,: Try fluids, fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes. Not helping or worse-see doc. ...Read more
Try This: Take 1 oz of prune or pear juice mixed with 1 oz water and give him 1 -2 oz once or twice a day until he is ok. ...Read more
My one month old is super cranky if I put him down and his poop is hard and pebbles what should I do?
See his doc!: Neonates, especially less than 8-12 weeks, are susceptible to a unique set of infections related to the birth process. Additionally, they do not present with infections the same way as older kids. For this reason, any concerns should prompt assessment by the pediatrician. Having stated that, it is likely simple constipation for which you may use glycerin suppositories, but please see his doc soon! ...Read more