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Intestine (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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Is it normal to have more then 5 bowel movement in 1 day?

Is it normal to have more then 5 bowel movement in 1 day?

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 more

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Hello I have a bowel movements 1-4x a day sometimes less is that normal?

Hello I have a bowel movements 1-4x a day sometimes less is that normal?

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

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Is it normal to have a bowel movement 1 to 4 times a day sometimes less?.

Is it normal to have a bowel movement 1 to 4 times a day sometimes less?.

Normal depends on u: Sometimes people move their bowels everyday. Some people move their bowels less. Some more. People and their bowels are pretty unique and things can change with stress levels, diet, exercise, etc. Normal is a pretty broad term when it comes to bowels. ...Read more

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Hi! is it normal to have up to 6 bowel movements in a day? Its starting to effect my daily life.

Not usually: Sometimes fiber supplement will help control too much as well as too little movement. If that fails after a few days, should see a GI dr for history / exam / testing. Particularly since impacting daily functioning. ...Read more

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Is it normal to bowel movement only pebbles for a couple days, then have to bowel movement five times in one day?

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

Defecation (Definition)

Passing food that is fully digested and ready for excretion out the ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more