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How many bowel movements should an infant have a day?

How many bowel movements should an infant have a day?

Varies : Every infant has different routine for passing stool, some may poop daily some every other day. Usually breast fed babies poop more often, after every feed. But regardless of the routine if baby is making normal texture stools and feeding well with normal weight gain, no need to worry. ...Read more

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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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How many grams of fiber should i have per day, in order to have a normal bowel movement/stool? 5'2, 95 lbs..

How many grams of fiber should i have per day, in order to have a normal bowel movement/stool?  5'2, 95 lbs..

As much as needed. : Not to be tongue in cheek but the actual answer is as much as it takes. Officially the recommended amount is 25-30 grams a day. The ideal amount varies per person. The goal really is to take enough fiber to have at least two soft formed bowel movements a day. An important note of caution regarding fiber intake is that dietary fiber needs to be increased gradually to prevent GI discomfort. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of having 5 or more bowel movements a day, every day for years?

What could be the cause of having 5 or more bowel movements a day, every day for years?

Consistency? : If normal/soft in consistency, it may be your normal. Color should be normal, as well as lack of other symptoms like pain. ...Read more

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Is it normal to not have a bowel movement for an entire day after taking 2 Immodium the night before? Should I take a stool softener just in case?

Is it normal to not have a bowel movement for an entire day after taking 2 Immodium the night before? Should I take a stool softener just in case?

Med SE: Yes that would not be unusual. I am assuming that you took Imodium (loperamide) fir diarrhea. This does slow the bowels down. If this is an ongoing issue consider probiotics to help balance GI flora and using or getting enough fiber. ...Read more

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I'm having a lot of difficulty with bowel movements and was wondering how long it takes for this miralax (polyethylene glycol) to kick in and allow me to get a stool out?

I'm having a lot of difficulty with bowel movements and was wondering how long it takes for this miralax (polyethylene glycol) to kick in and allow me to get a stool out?

It can be up to 12-24 hours : Male sure you are seeing your doctor on this. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) can work faster than the above, but you need to hydrate more as constipation can be caused from dehydration. You may need a stool softener too. Most importantly if you have pain or not pooped in 2 days, you need to call your doctor now for stronger recommendations. Don't delay! ...Read more

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Can you have a fecal impaction and still have a normal bowel movement once a day (while taking miralax)?

Can you have a fecal impaction and still have a normal bowel movement once a day (while taking miralax)?

No, by definition: If you have a fecal impaction, that means you are not having any bowel movements, because the impaction is in the way. After treatment, the bowel movements should return, and you no longer have an impaction. ...Read more

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Is it healthier to have 1-2 bowel movements a day, or 3-4 in adults?

Everybody different: However, in the perfect world the answer would be one or two. As americans we eat so much processed food that there is not enough bulk to allow proper emptying which makes us have air pockets between stool sections. We then have a bowel movement to the next air pocket. This leaves bowel content to stay against our bowel wall causing inflammation. ...Read more

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Every morning I have a bowel movement at least 4 times in an hour, most of which is loose and watery. What could be wrong?

Every morning I have a bowel movement at least 4 times in an hour, most of which is loose and watery. What could be wrong?

Could be normal: What's considered a normal bowel movement varies from one person to the next. In general, most people have it 3 x/day to 3 x/week. 4 times in an hour with loose, watery consistency sounds a bit unusual, but the important question is whether or not this is a new pattern for you or you have always had it this way. If it's something new, it could be diarrhea due to a number of possible causes. ...Read more

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How are the bowel and urinary systems related? I often find that about 20 minutes after a bowel movement, I have a strong urge to urinate...Why?

How are the bowel and urinary systems related? I often find that about 20 minutes after a bowel movement, I have a strong urge to urinate...Why?

Bowels/bladder: Sometimes the presence of stool in the rectum will place pressure on the urethra acting to "hold" the urine - once it is relieved you may have the urge to void. They are two separate symptoms but emptying one may prompt the other system to "tell the brain" its time to empty the other one. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause you to have a bowel movement in your sleep at 23 years old?

Encopresis: Some causes are chronic constipation which can result from eating too little fiber or not drinking enough fluids or consuming excess dairy products, or can result from emotional stress. ...Read more

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How many times should a 3 months old should wet a diaper for it not to be considered dehydration? My baby has RSV with some vomit and diarrea.

How many times should a 3 months old should wet a diaper for it not to be considered dehydration?  My baby has RSV with some vomit and diarrea.

3 Times a day: Be sure your baby has at least one wet diaper every 8 hours or so during the illness. Sometimes, putting a little cotton ball in the diaper is useful, so you can see that there is a little urine in there. If he goes longer than this, see his ped's for a followup. You can even try syringe feeds if he is short of breath, this can help keep the fluids in him while he's recovering. Best of luck ...Read more

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Is it normal for babies not to have bowel movements for a few days?

Is it normal for babies not to have bowel movements for a few days?

Yes: Some babies from day1 poop 5-6 times per day and some poop once every 5-6 days. As long as the babydoes not have severe abdominal distension and a happy, thriving child, do not worry about it. ...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

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