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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 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 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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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 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 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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Why is my poop so long every time I go? What does this mean?

Why is my poop so long every time I go? What does this mean?

Long poop: You are eating lot of fruits and veggies and it comes out nice and long. Eat lots more and it will come out like a cow plop. ...Read more

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Not to long ago I had a hard time pooping, more then a few times just mucus came out. Lately it's been green and loose. What could be the cause?

Not to long ago I had a hard time pooping, more then a few times just mucus came out. Lately it's been green and loose. What could be the cause?

REALLY STUCK: You are likely having liquid stools going around a giant solid log of poop. Start by doing a MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) clean out on the weekend. Put MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) into everything you drink until you poop clear. Then, the important thing is to not let it happen again. Stool softeners are pretty useless to actually "soften" stool. Titrate MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) every other day, or daily to avoid hard rocks. Drink more water, eat veg! ...Read more

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Sometimes I have to poop but im not in a situation where I can go (on a jobsite) and when I finally reach a bathroom I no longer have the urge. Advice?

Sometimes I have to poop but im not in a situation where I can go (on a jobsite) and when I finally reach a bathroom I no longer have the urge. Advice?

Regular Regeime: Important to have a regular regiems of defecation. Suggest you try to find some time after breakfast sitting for a bit to allow the colon and rectum do what it's meant to do! ...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 won't 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 won't 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

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How long can a person live if they haven't/don't poop?

How long can a person live if they haven't/don't poop?

Constipation: Constipation is defined as a bowel movement < 3x per week. Constipation is NOT necessarily dangerous but abnormal and may require treatment. It is difficult to answer your question because healthy people will eventually have a bowel movement without complications or adverse effects. ...Read more

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Why was there a long green stringy thing in my baby's poop?

Why was there a long green stringy thing in my baby's poop?

Probably because he: Ingested something long & green that couldn't be absorbed, either a food or a non-food item. ...Read more

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There are long, fat, red colored worms coming out every time she poops. Hemoglobin really down. 86 years old. What can it be?? How does this happen?

There are long, fat, red colored worms coming out every time she poops. Hemoglobin really down. 86 years old. What can it be?? How does this happen?

Round worm..: Ascariasis or round worm infestation. Can be easily treated with Mebendazol 100mg twice a day x 3 days, or Albendazol 400mg once only will clear it. Seek and solve the oro fecal contamination, treat other family members at the same time if they have it. ...Read more

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Had constipation iss for yrs, now I am pooping several times a day soft smaller amounts. 1 inch round, soft light brown 4-5 inches long is this normal?

Had constipation iss for yrs, now I am pooping several times a day soft smaller amounts. 1 inch round, soft light brown 4-5 inches long is this normal?

Yes: Whatever you're doing, keep doing it. Constipation can cause a variety of deadly illnesses--especially colon cancer. Bile acids break down into potent carcinogens, if transit time is more than 24 hours, bathing the colon and lower intestines with cancer-causing poison. Keep your bowels moving regularly, and avoid colon cancer. ...Read more

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Why does my friend with CF take a long time to poop?

Why does my friend with CF take a long time to poop?

Cystic fibrosis: Physiological changes in the CF gut lead to the accumulation of viscous (sticky) mucus and faecal material in the terminal ileum, caecum and ascending colon which form obstructing mucofaeculant impactions (walker et al, 2006). Contributing factors include fat malabsorption, abnormal intestinal mucins, low duodenal ph, deficient anion secretion, dysregulation of sodium and chloride absorption, othe. ...Read more

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I've noticed that my poop comes out in long pieces like 3 all 4 pieces why is this not pencil thin thow?

I've noticed that my poop comes out in long pieces like 3 all 4 pieces why is this not pencil thin thow?

Poop vision?: Hi~ the Science of Scatology is as yet an imperfect one! I have no idea why your stools are NOT pencil thin. Are they supposed to be? If they were I might be a tad concerned. But they are not and should not be. What is a noticeable is that you seem to have an overly keen interest in the morphology of your stool. Why is that? Have you considered talking to Psychologist about this? ...Read more

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When using an enema how long do u poop for afterwards?

When using an enema how long do u poop for afterwards?

Depends on # factors: 1) how deep did the enema penetrate; 2) contents of the enema; 3) how much retained stool was present; 4) colon transit time; 5) rectal compliance and response to distension; 6) how many times you repeat the enema. Do you really need one? ...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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2 yr old refuses to poop. Recently potty trained, won't poop in potty, his pants, nothing. Holds it so long it hurts when he does go. What do I do?

2 yr old refuses to poop. Recently potty trained, won't poop in potty, his pants, nothing. Holds it so long it hurts when he does go. What do I do?

Toilet training: Oops, your toddler appears stressed-out! The best thing to do is to leave him alone at this point - no negative comments, reprimands despite pant soiling, coercion, urgings nor discussions about his pooping. Shower him with praises, reassurances and positive reinforcements and/or give rewards if/when he defecates in the toilet. Continue to provide increased fiber and fluid intake. Live like usual. ...Read more

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If anus has been hurting after poop does that mean constipation? Pain long after going to restroom still burning or cut feeling. Sometimesblood. Nohem

If anus has been hurting after poop does that mean constipation? Pain long after going to restroom still burning or cut feeling. Sometimesblood. Nohem

Yes: Pain and blood as a consequence of chronic constipation. You need to modify your diet, drink 6- 8 glasses of water, increase you fibers, vegetables and fruit intake. Take some laxatives/stool softeners. If no better, you need to consult with your physician. ...Read more

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4 year old won't pee or poop in potty tried everything. He goes in his pants right after no matter how long he sits on potty. How do I get him trained?

4 year old won't pee or poop in potty tried everything. He goes in his pants right after no matter how long he sits on potty. How do I get him trained?

Copycat: An easy way is to try to have your kid use the potty in presence of another kid doing the same - if another kid a little older (or the same age) could be used as a "volunteer". Your pediatrician may have more ideas, and by the way check for fecal impaction, etc. ...Read more

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How can I help make my child to stop him from holding his bowels? My six year old does not want to poop. He holds them for so long and then when he finally goes, they're almost as big as baseballs in diameter with a lot of blood...By him doing this, his un

How can I help make my child to stop him from holding his bowels? My six year old does not want to poop. He holds them for so long and then when he finally goes, they're almost as big as baseballs in diameter with a lot of blood...By him doing this, his un

Often,: Often, if there is a pattern of holding in of bowel movements, there is an identifiable source of pain or discomfort. One common cause is the presence of anal fissures (tears in the skin around the anus) which can hurt during bowel movements. In some cases, there can also be anatomical (structural) issues which cause the bowel movements to have a more difficult time passing. The best starting point would be an evaluation with his pediatrician to evaluate for the reason he is holding his bowels. Often, guidance will be for use of medication to loosen the stool to the point that pain is not derived and develop a pattern of comfort and trust in regular production of bowel movements. ...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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When taking antibotic pill by mouth how long it has to at least stay in your system before you can go poop? Please give full details, thank you.

When taking antibotic pill by mouth how long it has to at least stay in your system before you can go poop? Please give full details, thank you.

Not important: Oral antibiotics are absorbed in the small intestine. The timing of bowel movements after taking any oral medications is not important and will not affect the efficacy of the medication. ...Read more