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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Frequent Stools (Overview)

Your baby's bowel movements (stools) during the first two days will be black and tar-like (sticky and soft). Early and frequent breastfeeding during the first 48 hours will flush this sticky stool (meconium) from the infant's bowels. The stools will become somewhat runny or seedy. This is the normal stool consistency for a breastfed baby and should not be confused with diarrhea. During the first month, your baby may have a bowel movement after each breastfeeding. This frequency decreases with age. Don't worry if bowel movements occur after every feeding or every three days, as long as the pattern of bowel movements is regular and your baby is growing well (gaining weight).


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What are possible conditions that would cause frequent soft stool and diarrhea?

What are possible conditions that would cause frequent soft stool and diarrhea?

What's the cause?: "plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to the duration of your symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities. Call your doctor please and get checked. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
15 doctors shared insights

Frequent Stools (Overview)

Your baby's bowel movements (stools) during the first two days will be black and tar-like (sticky and soft). Early and frequent breastfeeding during the first 48 hours will flush this sticky stool (meconium) from the infant's bowels. The stools will become somewhat runny or seedy. This is the normal stool consistency for a breastfed baby and should not be confused with diarrhea. During the first month, your baby may have a bowel movement after each breastfeeding. This frequency decreases with age. Don't worry if bowel movements occur after every feeding or every three days, as long as the pattern of bowel movements is regular and your baby is growing well (gaining weight).


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I have mucous in my poop, and have frequent stools, what could that mean?

I have mucous in my poop, and have frequent stools, what could that mean?

Many possibilities: This is a situation in which you should see a physician asap. It is unclear what the source of this is, but a good history, physical exam, and appropriate labs and possibly an endoscopy should help to determine the cause and suggest therapy. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
once
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I have a burning sensation while stooling. What could be the problem? How do I get rid of it?

I have a burning sensation while stooling. What could be the problem? How do I get rid of it?

More likely than: Hemorrhoids is an anal fissure. Patients often experience difficulty starting the bm as if there is a blockage and then a tearing sensation during the bm, followed by severe throbbing pulsating sensation after the bm. See a colorectal surgeon to get a proper evaluation and find out what options for treatment are available to you. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have loose and frequent stools after gallbladder surgery months ago?

Is it normal to have loose and frequent stools after gallbladder surgery months ago?

Can occur: The standard risk after surgery is about 1 person in 400 gets chronic recurrent diarrhea after gallbladder surgery. It may be more common in those whose gallbladder was functioning well before surgery. Fatty foods likely will make symptoms worse, and sometimes use of medication like Cholestyramine can help. Symptoms usually improve over time too. ...Read more

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I have mucous in my poop, and have frequent stools, what could that mean?

Many possibilities: This is a situation in which you should see a physician asap. It is unclear what the source of this is, but a good history, physical exam, and appropriate labs and possibly an endoscopy should help to determine the cause and suggest therapy. ...Read more

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Suffering from major stomach issues/gurgling/frequent stools, anxiety?

Suffering from major stomach issues/gurgling/frequent stools, anxiety?

Possibly.: But medical causes need to be ruled out before these symptoms can be attributed to anxiety. Take care. ...Read more

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Small, loose frequent stools for two months. Occasionally with blood and/or white matter. Lost 6lbs in two weeks. Fatigued. Should I go to er now or wait until dr appt. Thursday?

Small, loose frequent stools for two months. Occasionally with blood and/or white matter. Lost 6lbs in two weeks. Fatigued. Should I go to er now or wait until dr appt. Thursday?

ER?: Glad to see you made an appointment. The feature that causes concern is the blood. However, it is most likely benign and from irritation at the rectum. Concerning aspects of blood in stool would involved a cupful or more of blood completely mixed in with stool (not stool flecked/streaked with bright red blood or blood on tissue) or black/tarry stool. Go to ER if dizzy, confused, or palpitations ...Read more

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