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If the loose bowel happens following a firm stool once a week, is this a condition that needs treatment? It feels like nature's way of cleansing.

If the loose bowel happens following a firm stool once a week, is this a condition that needs treatment? It feels like nature's way of cleansing.

Stool variation: It's not necessarily a bad thing. Stool consistency can be very dependent on what you eat (fiber, vegetables, etc) and what you drink. As long as there's not blood in the stool, there's no fevers, belly pain, and you're getting colon cancer screening tests at the appropriate intervals, i wouldn't worry about it too much. ...Read more

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A question reguarding "firm" stools.... I use way too much paper in the restroom because my stools are too soft. I hate this, and want to know how i can have a nice, firm one, so i only need to wipe a couple times. Mind you, I have regular movements, just

A question reguarding "firm" stools.... I use way too much paper in the restroom because my stools are too soft. I hate this, and want to know how i can have a nice, firm one, so i only need to wipe a couple times. Mind you, I have regular movements, just

Well, : Well, you're on the right track with the metamucil. Fiber is great in that it firms up stools that are loose and softens stools that are hard - all to a healthy consistency. You may want to try other forms of fiber such as citrucel or benefiber if you have not found the metamucil to be helpful. Or better yet, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and high fiber cereals. It's also very important that you stay well hydrated since dehydration + large amounts of fiber = constipation. Good luck! ...Read more

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4yr old daughter had been constipated i was told to give an enema she had lrg watery bm w/some firm stool, is she clear out&should i give miralax (polyethylene glycol) tom

4yr old daughter had been constipated i was told to give an enema she had lrg watery bm w/some firm stool, is she clear out&should i give miralax (polyethylene glycol) tom

Constipation Rx: The general rule of toddler treatment is to provide a wetting agent like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) & aggressively manage past stooling issues for twice the duration of the constipation or 6mo, whichever is least. A clean out of large bm followed by some watery material does not mean the work is done. The baloon like lower bowel needs time to shrink back to normal & staying as empty as possible will help that. ...Read more

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Habits i could do that can allow me to pass firm, bulkier stool, which in turn would make it quieter to use the restroom?

Habits i could do that can allow me to pass firm, bulkier stool, which in turn would make it quieter to use the restroom?

More Fiber: Make sure you have more fiber in your diet by eating more fruits and vegetables or try some powder from your pharmacy that can give you regular bowel movements. ...Read more

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When should infants go back to normal diet after recovering fm dierehea viral, bacterial , or amoebic? Is it when stool firms up again.

When should infants go back to normal diet after recovering fm dierehea viral, bacterial , or amoebic? Is it when stool firms up again.

Varies: Regardless of cause of Diarrhoea the decision to start regular food depends if there is associated fever,nausea &,vomiting. In the vast number of cases I find only Diarrhoea with minimal discomfort. Therefore I usually advise that the child be given normal foods in smaller amounts more frequently. It has been found that normal food leads to less nutritional imbalance & quicker healing. ...Read more

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Do u want firmer or looser stools for BM not to get stuck in a rectocele? Seems the more fiber and water makes the BM too big around and gets stuck

Do u want firmer or looser stools for BM not to get stuck in a rectocele? Seems the more fiber and water makes the BM too big around and gets stuck

You want a soft BM: It may have to be slightly loose to accommodate the rectocele. You can help by pushing up on the skin between the anus and the vagina. Another maneuver that helps is inserting 2 or more fingers into the vagina and pushing back toward the spine and rectum to keep the rectocele from getting filled. Adding glycolax (generic Miralax) helps to keep the stool loose. ...Read more

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Soft thin stools, sometimes firm & medium size, followed by continued slow involuntary leaking of more soft to liquid stool for 5 minutes. Cause?

Soft thin stools, sometimes firm & medium size, followed by continued slow involuntary leaking of more soft to liquid stool for 5 minutes. Cause?

Constipation, bowel: Often constipation with liquid leaking around stool causes this, but there are many causes and treatments depending upon cause. Most commonly a good high fiber diet to bulk stools with adequate liquids is effective but if a more significant problem exists underlying then other issues need evaluated and treated. Look at http://www.Med.Unc.Edu/ibs/files/educational-gi-brochures/bowel%20leakage.Pdf. ...Read more

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My stools are very hard suddenly ?

My stools are very hard suddenly ?

Evaluation/diet: Look into your diet-you may have change your diet some way that is affecting your bowel. Your diet may lack fiber, or you may dring less water that normally. , or under some stress.Stress does affect your bowel as well. If you do not have any of the above reason, then you need to see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Hard, black, seed-like specks in stool?

Stool change: Go to your doctor to have the stool analyzed for ova and parasites, occult blood, and culture and sensitivity. ...Read more

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What do I need to take to make my stool hard?

Vegetables: If you have serious diarrhea see your doctor. Especially if there is blood in it. If it isn't that bad add fiber to your diet in the form of grains & vegetables. Look at the fiber content as well as the calorie content to balance it out. ...Read more