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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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My baby has had loose stools for almost a week and a half now. Is that normal?  

My baby has had loose stools for almost a week and a half now. Is that normal?  

Loose stools: Depends on the age and the babie's diet, and sometimes the mother's diet. In many circumstances loose stools can be normal. Has there been a change in diet or a change in formula? Is the baby growing normally or not. If the problem persists without a good explaination of the cause, then discuss this with the babi's doctor to determine whether or not an examination is necessary. ...Read more

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Had loose stools for over 3 weeks...i have to relieve myself after I eat daily.

Had loose stools for over 3 weeks...i have to relieve myself after I eat daily.

Too long: I am sorry, you must feel uncomfortable. 3 weeks is a bit too long to say just a viral infection and I would try to have some stool studies done to see if you have an infection. If that is ruled out then other exams may need to be done. In the mean time, it cannot hurt to take some acidophilus tablets to help replace your gut with the "good bacteria". You can get these in any pharmacy. ...Read more

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I've had diarrehea for over a week now, I went to the emergecy room test were ran and came back good. However I still have loose stools and it burns al?

I've had diarrehea for over a week now, I went to the emergecy room test were ran and came back good. However I still have loose stools and it burns al?

Diarrhea: If you had a viral intestinal infection stool tests would be negative and symptoms resolve within a week or so. If diarrhea lasts much longer stool is cultured for pathogens including bacteria, parasites and eggs. Avoid harsh roughage, drink adequate fluids and take kaopectate or Imodium temporarily. If symptoms persist much longer, see your physician or gastroenterologist for appropriate tests ...Read more

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Flat stools for about 2 years. Sometimes loose stools. About every 2 weeks they're loose. Am I ok?

Flat stools for about 2 years. Sometimes loose stools. About every 2 weeks they're loose. Am I ok?

Colonoscopy: You have reached an age in which beginning routine colonoscopy every five years may be indicated. Discuss with your family doctor. The intermittant loose stools could be due to numerous issues, and would need more info and stool exam to tell whether further evaluation is indicated. See your doctor, and good luck. ...Read more

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Crohn's 4-5 stools but hard to go last week. Mon 10 loose stools now nothing in 36 hours even with stool softner. Not sure if good or bad?

Crohn's 4-5 stools but hard to go last week. Mon 10 loose stools now nothing in 36 hours even with stool softner. Not sure if good or bad?

Depends: This would depend upon the activity of your disease. Do you have abdominal pain, bloating, fever, etc? Are you on any medications for the Crohn's? Although the symptoms aren't good, they do not necessarily indicate a serious problem. You should consult your physician to see if medications are needed or if doses need to be changed. ...Read more

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I've had mucus in my stools and mucus when I wipe for 3 weeks now and very small loose stools and now I keep feeling nauseous morning or night?

I've had mucus in my stools and mucus when I wipe for 3 weeks now and very small loose stools and now I keep feeling nauseous morning or night?

Stool sample: See your doctor for fecal studies. If you are having mucus or white streaks in your stool then get analysis. You may be experiencing bacteria or fungal overgrowth. Your doctor can help. ...Read more

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I used to eat ~1 cup of yogurt/day but stopped recently. For the last few weeks I've had loose stools 1x/day. Is this related due to probiotics?

I used to eat ~1 cup of yogurt/day but stopped recently. For the last few weeks I've had loose stools 1x/day. Is this related due to probiotics?

Could be: A lot of things. Mostly the calcium and lack of fiber in yogurt is more likely. The probiotics is a bit tricky because most commercial yogurt isn't that good on quality control of the living bacteria. Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, ...Read more

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My 18 month old has cold for a week, prescribed co- amoxiclav and taking it for 2 days now but still no improve and now she started loose stools, worry?

My 18 month old has cold for a week, prescribed co- amoxiclav and taking it for 2 days now but still no improve and now she started loose stools, worry?

Not necessarily: If it is only a cold the symptoms gradually improve after a week and antibiotics are unnecessary. This abx is well known for triggering diarrhea.If a true pneumonia or ear infection, it may be needed. Adding probiotics, applesauce and bananas to the diet may help. Clarify the dx with the doc and stop the Abx if needed. ...Read more

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After 4 days of being on 40 mg of Paxil (paroxetine) I started having loose stools. So I cut them in half and still have it that has been week will it go away?

After 4 days of being on 40 mg of Paxil (paroxetine) I started having loose stools. So I cut them in half and still have it that has been week will it go away?

???: Were you on 20 mg of Paxil (paroxetine) before this, with no loose stools? And are the loose stools getting better (less frequent, more firm?) if so, your system will probably calm back down in a few days. If you should still have the same intensity of problem by monday, contact your prescribing physician. S/he will recommend the next steps to take. In the meantime, stay hydrated and eat simply. ...Read more

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For the last three weeks my son has had loose stools every morning. He drinks soy milk. What should I do?

For the last three weeks my son has had loose stools every morning. He drinks soy milk. What should I do?

Loose stools: As long as he is not having diarrhea and dehydration, loose stools are not an issue. But you can give him more potatoes, rice, and carotts to make his stools more formed. Yougurt also may help the intestinal flora and affect, in a good way the stools. We do not want him to have hard stools as they are not health. ...Read more

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For 2 weeks I've had loose stools (type 6) in the morning and then I'm feeling fine the rest of the day. I am usually more constipated. Is it normal?

For 2 weeks I've had loose stools (type 6) in the morning and then I'm feeling fine the rest of the day. I am usually more constipated. Is it normal?

6 stools: Hello ~ if you DON'T normally have 6 stools in the AM, then its not normal. If the stools are normal consistency, less of a problem. If stools LOOSE more of a problem. Why not pay a visit to GP where he can take an extensive history to ensure there's no major problem. Thanks ...Read more

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Took my daughter to triage, they said its nothing to worry about, but that's been 2 weeks now she has had very loose stools yellow in colour, not right?

Took my daughter to triage, they said its nothing to worry about, but that's been 2 weeks now she has had very loose stools yellow in colour, not right?

Need much more: You don't mention your daughters age, general health, or any other symptoms she is having. Has she had vomiting, fever, pain? Has she been seen by a doctor at all yet? With only knowing she has had diarrhea for 2 weeks, would say monitor diet to include high protein, low dairy, no simple sugars and lots of water. Would recommend evaluation if this has gone on two weeks already. ...Read more

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My 15mths old toddler is having loose stools (not exactly diarrhoea) for almost 3 weeks now. He is not teething and not being sick. Diet hasn't changed?

My 15mths old toddler is having loose stools (not exactly diarrhoea) for almost 3 weeks now. He is not teething and not being sick. Diet hasn't changed?

Read on: If it is just soft stools no blood or mucous amd he is well, spmetes the teeth might be tracking down his gums not breaking thru, hei mightbe drooling alot or hand iin mouth alot, slow down on juices or sweet drinks only 4 to 6 oz a day keep a food diary and if it continues see your dr. ...Read more

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What if someone has been throwing up and loose stools when they wake and been like that for about a week?

What if someone has been throwing up and loose stools when they wake and been like that for about a week?

Gastroenteritis: 2 common causes are a viral gastrointestinal infection and food poisoning. Both conditions usually resolve within a week. Treatment is resting, good room temperature fluid intake, a light diet such as broth, saltine crackers progressing to soft solid foods, flat gingerale to settle nausea and kaopectate or Imodium for severe diarrhea control. See your MD if not improving. ...Read more

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