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How Many Bowel Movements A Day Is Normal
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The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Is it normal for my infant (4weeks old) who is breastfed to have 10-12 bowel movements a day and he cries and seems to be in serious pain?
Pain isn't normal: It is common for some breast fed babies to have a bowel movement with each feeding (sometimes, just small squirts). As long as it is soft, not hard balls, it is usually normal. But, if your baby really seems uncomfortable and cries excessively, he should be checked by his doctor. ...Read more
I eat a mostly clean diet, no gluten, sugar, dairy, or processed foods. I also make green juice daily. Is it normal to have 4-5 bowel movements a day?
My mom is 94 years old and has cancerous tumor the size of a softball removed from her intestines before the operation and she still is having five bowel movements a day at least is this normal?
Hard to say: I would talk to her doctor about this to find out what they expect after the surgery. ...Read more
Not so much.: Everyone has some changeability in bowel habits, and sometimes a certain food will cause "the runs". However, if you frequently have 5 or more stools daily, you should see your doctor. Review your diet, medical history, and medications. If you see blood, that definitely should be evaluated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Worried about stools: Normal bowel frequency varies from 3 movements/ day to one movement every 3 to 4 days. Stool consistency, measured by bristol stool scale, varies from normal (4), hard (1-3), soft (5-7). I appreciate your concern ; would caution against use of laxatives, suppositories, enemas routinely. Try a dietary fiber supplement or stool softener to avoid staining. But bleeding, incontinence, pain needs eval. ...Read more
Is it normal to bowel movement only pebbles for a couple days, then have to bowel movement five times in one day?
Not usual, but...: although the pattern you described is not usual, some variation in the amount and frequency of bowel movements is not abnormal. As long as you're not having pain or bleeding, and as long as the stool consistency is fairly normal, I wouldn't worry. Increasing fiber in the diet will help regulate this. A fiber supplement each day, such as Metamucil, can help. Increasing fluid intake is also vital. ...Read more
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