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How long can you go without pooping? I mean I don't have to poop but I'm wondering. Is it okay for the body not to poop?

How long can you go without pooping? I mean I don't have to poop but I'm wondering. Is it okay for the body not to poop?

Bowel movements: Frequency of bowel movements vary greatly from several times a day to just once weekly. What's most important is non-liquid stool that doesn't require strenuous pushing & straining. Diarrhea is liquid stool while constipation is hard stool that's difficult to evacuate. Try to eat more fiber, drink more fluids & exercise regularly to naturally regulate bowel function & prevent constipation. ...Read more

Bowel Movement (Definition)

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


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How long can a person go without pooping before serious problems arise. What kind of problems can arise from not pooping?

How long can a person go without pooping before serious problems arise. What kind of problems can arise from not pooping?

2 poop or not part 2: Its not a contest! more than a week is a concern. Eventually a person with fecal impaction will die from the condition but usually the person is debilitated and elderly. If you have to ask perhaps its time to see your physician! ...Read more

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How long can a 1month old formula fed go without pooping?

How long can a 1month old formula fed go without pooping?

Call to pediatrician: Not very long. If it is more than 3 days or hard stools, please call your pediatrician to be seen. Make sure your baby is taking in enough formula per day and is growing, too. Has your baby had the one month appointment yet for evaluation and Hep B immunization? ...Read more

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How long can a breastfed 4month old baby go without pooping?

How long can a breastfed 4month old baby go without pooping?

Variable: If baby is breast fed they may stool a little smear every feeding or one big crib full once a week. Breast milk is so well digested that it may not leave much behind for poo. If it is soft, the frequency of stooling is not important. ...Read more

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I been constipation for a long time and I can go without stool getting stuck and then it get stuck like all smash soft poop?

I been constipation for a long time and I can go without stool getting stuck and then it get stuck like all smash soft poop?

Need to get Regular: Drink more water. Consume several tablespoons of psyllium husks each day (with more water). Take magnesium every day (you can't OD on magnesium because it will give you diarrhea). Find a daily dose that works for you. Prunes are a great bowel stimulant. ...Read more

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How long should my 3 month old (exclusively breast fed) go without pooping before it's a cause for concern?

How long should my 3 month old (exclusively breast fed) go without pooping before it's a cause for concern?

Ask Dr. if 3-4 days: If a baby is eagerly and happily breastfeeding each day, if he has no tummy aches nor bloating, and if his poops are quite soft, then it is ok for him to poop only once every few days. He is digesting all the breastmilk, and using almost all of it to maintain and grow his body (leaving very little solid material to make poop). The water in the milk is absorbed and later urinated out as pee. ...Read more

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How long can an 8 month old go without pooping before i call doctor? She is breast fed and eating solids.

How long can an 8 month old go without pooping before i call doctor? She is breast fed and eating solids.

Breastfeeding: The longest time one of my patients have done this is 7 days. She was happy and was eating and voiding well and only had 4 poops within a month. It is not normal if she becomes irritable, starts to refuse feeding and vomit or show a distended belly. But even before these observations happen, bring her to the pediatrician to rule out any abnormality. ...Read more

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How long can you live without pooping?

How long can you live without pooping?

Hard to predict!: If one starts out normal, by the end of 1 week of no pooping, bad things should start to happen. Maybe severe abdominal pains. Maybe liquid poop will leak out the anus. Then liquid poop may come up as vomiting (looks very scary). If only leaking liquid poop, and not vomiting it, he could go on for a long time if he is able to eat, maybe months. If he can't eat, maybe by week 4 he will start dying. ...Read more

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How long can a person go withouy pooping before it causes severe problems and what could happen from not pooping?

How long can a person go withouy pooping before it causes severe problems and what could happen from not pooping?

2 poop or not 2 poop: Anormal range of bowel movements is from twice daily to once a week. Going longer than that if you are on a normal diet is a concern. Fecal impaction can cause pain and even death in the debilitated individual. Time to stop eating and take some non-stimulant laxatives or a fleets enema. Talking to your doctor is also important as sometimes medications can bind you up. ...Read more

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I spend too long on the toilet going poop and it will affect me professionally. I need to stay or else i wont feel finished. Is there a way to speedup?

I spend too long on the toilet going poop and it will affect me professionally. I need to stay or else i wont feel finished. Is there a way to speedup?

Try metamucil: For some people taking a fiber supplement like metamucil make make for "better" stools that evacuate more easily. Also, try finding a regular time to have a BM when you do not have to be rushed to go to work so that you can take the time needed. Alternatively, try "adjusting your mind" to realize that you do not have to get up from the toilet feeling finished. It's okay to go again later. ...Read more