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What causes a breast fed baby to poop after every meal? I know its normal but I'm just curious,

What causes a breast fed baby to poop after every meal? I know its normal but I'm just curious,

Gastrocolic reflex: It works in babies and adults, too. When the stomach gets full, it triggers a reflex leading to bowel evacuation to prepare for receiving the next load of waste as the meal is digested. Thanks for Trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more


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Hi, My baby is now 1 year old and poops after every meal/drink (almost 5 times a day) the consistency of the poo is normal. Is it normal?

Hi, My baby is now 1 year old and poops after every meal/drink (almost 5 times a day) the consistency of the poo is normal. Is it normal?

Can be: There is a basic process called the gastrocolic reflex. It is a wave of stimulation that sends a "move on" message to our gut after we take a volume of material into our stomach. The reflex may or may not trigger an emptying, but it is part of normal digestive action. You possibly reduce the frequency of emptying by adding some cereals or bananas to the diet.Plums/prunes/apple juice give more stools ...Read more

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My baby has poo after every meal. Is it normal?

My baby has poo after every meal. Is it normal?

Yes: Eating stimulates the gastrointestinal tract to move. So after eating, they are stimulated to go. Some go after every meal, and while that causes a lot of diapers, it's truly normal. ...Read more

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Have to go to the bathroom after every meal and poop?

Have to go to the bathroom after every meal and poop?

Reflex: You have an active gastrocolic reflex so that when food enters your stomach, it sets off a reflex that sends waves of contraction down your entire intestinal tract leading to a bowel movement. If you can't slow it down by experimenting with your diet, a medication like bentyl (dicyclomine) taken 1/2 hour before eating usually calms down this reflex. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Pooping after every meal. Normal size texture, sausage shaped sometimes, Do I need to worry?

Pooping after every meal. Normal size texture, sausage shaped sometimes, Do I need to worry?

Has your diet: Changed? If so, that could be the cause and is nothing to worry about. As your system gets used to any new eating pattern, your stooling pattern may return to the more common one of 1-2 stools (poop) per day. If this continues or you haven't changed your diet, and if there is abdominal pain and/or vomiting with it, be sure to call your doctor to discuss. ...Read more

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Can't keep food in my body. After every meal, I end up running to the bathroom in pain, and its very loose. And there is a lot of mucus in my stool.

Can't keep food in my body. After every meal, I end up running to the bathroom in pain, and its very loose. And there is a lot of mucus in my stool.

Stool urgency: If this is an acute problem, it is most likely due to an infectious cause, most of which resolve spontaneously it a few days. If it is a long-term problem, though, you may have irritable bowel syndrome. If so, try increasing your fiber intake, along with extra fluids. If this doesn't work, or if it is an acute problem which does not go away in a few days, see your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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3 months old infant. Recently changed formula from 'novalac' to 'NAN' pooping continuously after every fed. Is it normal?

3 months old infant. Recently changed formula from 'novalac' to 'NAN' pooping continuously after every fed. Is it normal?

Common: In infants it is common for them to have a bowel movement after each feed. Most important is to see if the child is behaving and responding well. If baby is sucking well, feeding well, has no vomiting, smiles and is active, there is no cause for concern. But if you remain worried take the baby to a pediatrician to have the baby checked. ...Read more

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Change in stool colors. I take laxative. Have to go for long after every meal. Brown, d. Brown, gold, yellow, black. They vary. What's wrong? Physical

Change in stool colors. I take laxative. Have to go for long after every meal. Brown, d. Brown, gold, yellow, black. They vary. What's wrong? Physical

Stool colors: Light brown, tan colored or yellowish stools are usually soft and seen with rapid transit of intestinal contents into the colon preventing normal pigmentation of feces. Black stool occurs with bleeding high up in the gi tract such as stomach or duodenum. They also occur with the taking of iron supplements and peptobismol. You may have irritable bowel syndrome; consult a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Bowel movement after every meal, any medicine to make this once per day? Why its so quick? Medical reason.

Common: Post-pea dial diarrhea is common and can be caused by many things including ibs. You should start to eat a healthy diet low in fat and then see a gastroenterologist for further eval. ...Read more

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Is constipation in babies normal? My 1 month old girl has constipation and doesn't poop every day and her stomach feels hard?

Is constipation in babies normal? My 1 month old girl has constipation and doesn't poop every day and her stomach feels hard?

What is constipation: In a one month breast fed baby no poop for a few days is normal as long as the poop in not hard. Babies in the first month or so have frequents pooh so this change to less frequent pooh causes much worry but is normal regardless on apparent straining. At this age babies also have periods of unexplained crying which sometimes are attributed to gas or trouble with pooh. This is not the case! ...Read more

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Bowel movement after every meal, any medicine to make this once per day? Fruits (dried & fresh) make urge rapidly. Why its so quick? Medical reason.

Bowel movement after every meal, any medicine to make this once per day? Fruits (dried & fresh) make urge rapidly. Why its so quick? Medical reason.

Gastro-colic reflex: Not an uncommon phenomenon, but consider: are your symptoms related to all foods or only some foods? Is the volume or temperature of food a factor? Do your symptoms occur with every meal or only later in the day? Do you have associated symptoms of nausea, vomiting (with or without blood), biliary colic, tenderness, stool urgency with meals, blood or melena in stool? Any stress recently? ...Read more

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For a week I've had cramping and loose stool after every meal even randomly. Never loss appetite. Stool is now solid but still cramping. What do I do?

For a week I've had cramping and loose stool after every meal even randomly. Never loss appetite. Stool is now solid but still cramping. What do I do?

Get evaluation.: Off the cuff, you sound as though you may have an irritable bowel. There is much history to be taken and an exam of body and stool is in order. I would recommend you see your pcp and/or a GI specialist. Probably a minimal issue that will resolve but needs evaluation and proper treatment. Bad things can sometimes lurk hidden by nuiassance issues. Depends on age, risk factors, general health. ...Read more

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