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My 3 year old daughter has been constipated. I was able to soften her stools by giving her a little prune juice everyday. She had 2 days of really good bowel movements, but hasn't gone at all today. Now tonight she has a fever. Could this be related to th

My 3 year old daughter has been constipated. I was able to soften her stools by giving her a little prune juice everyday. She had 2 days of really good bowel movements, but hasn't gone at all today. Now tonight she has a fever. Could this be related to th

Unlikely: She may have a problem with constipation but if she is sick with a fever it is likely to be an infection she picked up. She may have other signs such as cough, cold or upset stomach. If fever is high or does not get better please see her doctor for a check up. ...Read more

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The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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My 8-months old baby has not had a bowel movement in 4 days. The prune and pair juices do not help, although she does not seem in pain. Any suggestion?

My 8-months old baby has not had a bowel movement in 4 days. The prune and pair juices do not help, although she does not seem in pain. Any suggestion?

Bowel movement: If you are breastfeeding a baby can go as long as week without having a movement. This is very normal. Since your baby is comfortable I wouldn't be concerned. As an aside pear juice may be constipating because it contains pectin which is a solidifying agent. ...Read more

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How much prune juice should someone drink to produce a normal bowel movement?

How much prune juice should someone drink to produce a normal bowel movement?

Need to determine: That by yourself by trial and error. Don't go on someone else's say so, as everyone is different and need different amounts to get the same results.
Only you can do this.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is daily prune juice safe for a 3 year old child to help with bowel movements?

Is daily prune juice safe for a 3 year old child to help with bowel movements?

Yes: I use it quite frequently as a loosening agent. Avoiding excesses of constipating foods like bananas, rice cereal, & applesauce also helps. Prune, pear or peach nectar & apple juice are all helpful. ...Read more

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2 questions, is it OK to give a 5 yr old prune juice? Does a 5 yr old need to have a bowel movement everyday

2 questions, is it OK to give a 5 yr old prune juice? Does a 5 yr old need to have a bowel movement everyday

Yes OK, ideal but...: It's fine to give a 5 yo prune juice, a safe and gentle laxative. No one absolutely needs to have a bowel movement every single day, though I believe it is best for our health to do so. But if the child has no distress it is not essential. Minimize need for prune juice with a high-fiber diet (rich in fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts), lots of water and physical activity. Probiotics may help too. ...Read more

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My 5 month old daughter screams each time she has a bowel movement. She was constipated so we were giving her prune juice. It's not as thick now.

My 5 month old daughter screams each time she has a bowel movement. She was constipated so we were giving her prune juice. It's not as thick now.

Constipation checkup: Constipation at this age needs to be checked to rule out other medical condition that can cause discomfort while passing BM, such as a rectal fissure and other digestive problem. Prune juice and Karo syrup can provide temp relief & Vegie baby foods Adjust dose if BM's get loose. If baby is on formula, a change may be beneficial. Some breast fed babies, whose mothers have cnstipation show the sign ...Read more

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6 days no bowel movement due to NECESSARY medications for illnesses I have. Laxatives & prune juice not worked. What should I do? (I am away so no GP)

6 days no bowel movement due to NECESSARY medications for illnesses I have. Laxatives & prune juice not worked. What should I do? (I am away so no GP)

Constipation: Without knowing what medications you are taking, it is difficult to give advice to avoid interactions with your meds. Be sure you are drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily. Try fiber like methylcellulose or high fiber foods like whole grains and green leafy vegetables. Over the counter stool softeners might help - docusate. Avoid bananas and white rice - constipating. ...Read more

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My five year old daughter has had problems with her bowel movement. After giving her several laxitives like prunes and milk of magnesia she has increased bowel movement. A lot of bowel movement and a little bit of blood was in the excrement. Should I ta

My five year old daughter has had problems with her bowel movement. After giving her several laxitives like prunes and milk of magnesia she has increased bowel movement. A lot of bowel movement and a little bit of blood was in the excrement. Should I ta

Occasionally,: Occasionally, the passing of a large, hard stool can cause a small tear in the anus. You may see a small amount of blood on the outside of the stool from the tear.

The best way to treat this is to continue using stool softeners for the next week to avoid another hard stool re-tearing the area while it heals. Sitz baths and good hygiene are also very helpful. You should give her doctor a call also, to discuss her constipation and create a prevention plan to avoid this problem in the future.

Reasons to go to the er would be:
- continued bleeding
- profuse bleeding
- severe abdominal pain
- high fever
- if the child is acting very ill. ...Read more

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7 month old having regular bowel movements that are solid. Tried prunes and juice for two days but no luck? How do I help soften her stools and is she constipated?

7 month old having regular bowel movements that are solid. Tried prunes and juice for two days but no luck? How do I help soften her stools and is she constipated?

Be patient: Full strength prune or apple juice in quantities of 1-2 oz 1-2x daily will often work. However, it takes a minimum of 3-4 days of continuous use for it to move through their system. Most people also dilute it & you should not. ...Read more

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My bowel movements are very weak right now. I sometimes have to drink prune juice or something to help me poop. Am I constipated?

It stools are: Hard, dry ; difficult to pass - you are likely constipated. It is important to try not to get hemorrhoids in the first place. 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. ...Read more

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3yr old on amoxil (amoxicillin) for 2days for scarlet fever has not have bowel movement in 5 days. How much prune juice is safe to give and what else to do?

Prune juice fine: You can use 1-2 oz of full strength prune juice 1-2x daily for 2-3 days to get a 3yo kid moving. It's likely the minimal intake has slowed things down. It may take 2-3 days to see the juice work. Increase other fluids & work with it. ...Read more

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I have been unable to have a bowel movement in a week. I've tried laxatives, stool softeners, prunes, enemas, and suppositories. I have always had irregular bowel movements. I'm in severe pain!

I have been unable to have a bowel movement in a week. I've tried laxatives, stool softeners, prunes, enemas, and suppositories. I have always had irregular bowel movements. I'm in severe pain!

If: If you have tried all of the above mentioned and you are still in severe pain you need to seek medical care. You may need a manual fecal disimpaction or a more effective enema. Also a cause of your constipation needs to be investigated and treated.
Take care. ...Read more

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How come I feel so tired after a real good bowel movement?

Constipated: Stretch it out slowly.. If this doesn't resolve the problem see your primary care provider. ...Read more

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Why do you feel two pounds lighter after a good bowel movement?

Why do you feel two pounds lighter after a good bowel movement?

Probably because U R: Normal bowel frequency in america fits a bell-curve distribution--once daily stooling is the middle of the curve, but the normal range extends from 3 bowel movements daily to 1 bowel movement every 3-4 days. Stool volume, weight, consistency, color vary (see other healthtap answers on the subject), but you very well may be passing 1-2 pounds of stool a day appropriate to diet, transit time, etc. ...Read more

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Is good bowel habit to have 1 bowel movement daily? Occasionally I miss a day or I have 2 bm's daily. Is that normal?

Normal: Normal can be once every five days or five times every day. Sometimes we target one soft bm/day for patients with symptoms, but if you feel fine this may be "normal" for you. ...Read more

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Can u give me some tips on good food and laxities so I can use the bathroom I haven't had a bowel movement in a few days?

High fiber, prunes: Take diet in high fiber such as vegetables, fruits. And use prunes or prune juice daily for good affect. ...Read more

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Hi I am guy 24 I have irregular bowel movement 3 to 4 times a day and its been happening for years. Which food is good for digestion?

Needs investigation: It may not be that you need a good food, but to exclude some food item (s) that may be causing frequent bowel movements, e.g., foods containing gluten. It is not feasible to provide meaningful advice without examining you and performing some tests. Please discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the good oral take for bowel movement..

What is the good oral take for bowel movement..

Fiber foods: Perhaps best would be plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals daily. If stool is not regularly softly formed, try adding crushed psyllium seeds (eg, sugar-free Metamucil), nuts and dried fruit, a little more daily until stool is consistently optimal. Best cereals are oatmeal, shredded wheat and grape nuts. ...Read more

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It's good and healthy to have a bowel movement before a workout?

It's good and healthy to have a bowel movement before a workout?

Yes: Yes, if you feel the need to go, by all means do. Then you can focus on what your body is doing during your workout, instead of holding back a bowel movement. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous that my 3 year old has not had a good bowel movement in 6 days?

Is it dangerous that my 3 year old has not had a good bowel movement in 6 days?

Impaction: Prolonged periods of time without a bowel movement (less than a week) are likely not dangerous for an otherwise healthy child, but can be quite uncomfortable and more difficult to address as more time passes. A glycerin suppository or Fleets enema are generally required at this stage to get things moving, followed by several weeks of stool softening, dietary modification and bowel retraining. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods can I eat to cleanse my colon and get good bowel movement?

You can start with: Fruits- citrus, strawberries, bananas, green vegetables, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflowers, rice, barley, oats, beans, seeds, nuts, whole grains, flax seeds, yogurts, plenty of water. Good bowel habit, three times per day. Make it top priority! ...Read more

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My little sister wiped back to front after a bowel movement. I made sure to clean her good immediately after with wiped. Can she still get a UTI?

My little sister wiped back to front after a bowel movement. I made sure to clean her good immediately after with wiped. Can she still get a UTI?

Yes: The best hygiene is to wipe from front to back.
However, wiping from the rectum could spread
bacteria and cause a urinary tract infection, though
rare. Observe for fever, emesis, dysuria (pain with
urination). Let an MD know if these symptoms occur. ...Read more

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I don't have more than one bowel movement a week, but otherwise it's pretty consistent. Painkillers seem to be the culprit, but abstaining isn't good.

I don't have more than one bowel movement a week, but otherwise it's pretty consistent. Painkillers seem to be the culprit, but abstaining isn't good.

Opioids/ constipatio: Please restate 2-3 BM/ wk is better. Consider Amitiza/Relistor /Movantik for constipation. Also drink plenty of fluids 2.5 to 3 liters/day. Fruits-prunes, vegetables, psyllium, Miralax (polyethylene glycol), lactulose and bran have been shown to work as well. Consider sitz study checks motility and other processes. F/u w/doc.

http://www. Practicalpainmanagement. Com/opioid-induced-constipation-causes-treatments ...Read more

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What food to have daily for having good bowel and light stomach and also to correct bowel movement to morning?

What food to have daily for having good bowel and light stomach and also to correct bowel movement to morning?

Fruit, veggies, grains: If your goal is "high fiber" try for 25 grams or more a day (our ancestor cavemen probably consumed & tolerated twice that). Water soluble fiber supplements minimize gasiness & bloating that some experience w/ insoluble fibers. High fiber foods include uncooked vegetables, unpeeled fruits, & whole grains (oatmeal, bran, etc.). Dinnertime fiber should help "normalize" stooling schedule & texture. ...Read more

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When having a bowel movement it does not feel good anymore like that relief I used to get is gone I have noticed that when I urinate its the same?

When having a bowel movement it does not feel good anymore like that relief I used to get is gone I have noticed that when I urinate its the same?

Here are some. ..: Now that you've experienced some undesirable changes in BM and voiding as well as shooting pain down to leg (right or left or both), you should follow what your body is telling you to seek professional evaluation to analyze the detailed Hx, get proper physical examinations, & have timely tests so to decide what causes your problem and how to manage it. So, see Doc now & don't wander online. ...Read more

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For over a year I have had messy peanut butter like bowel movements now pencil shaped also a good amount of mucas at times. What could be going on?

For over a year I have had messy peanut butter like bowel movements now pencil shaped also a good amount of mucas at times. What could be going on?

Alteration in stool: Inflammation, infection, ibs may cause abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, +/- nausea, bloating, gasiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet &emotional stress play significant roles here in patients with ibs, but first rule out inflammation, ischemia, & infection, malabsorption/maldigestion, cancer ...Read more

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