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How Many Times A Week Should You Poop
Varies: The frequency of bowel movements varies from one person to the next. The key thing to ask yourself would be whether there is a change in your usual pattern and whether it is smooth and comfortable. The average range is 3 x/day to 3 x/week for both men and women. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I only poop 1 or 2 times a week. Is that natural and if not have any good sugestions on how to speed that up?
Can be: If that's been your habit without any health effects, that would be normal for you especially if the consistency of your poop is normal. You should be concerned only when the frequency or consistency of the stool suddenly changes. ...Read more
My formula fed 2 week old poops 10 + times a day and has a slight clear mucus streak to it. He also has a blotted looking stomach. Should i worry?
M.D. visit: In a young infant, especially infants younger than six months of age, there can be a number of conditions causing these symptoms. These include infections, congenital abnormalities and allergic reactions to the formula. I would recommend a follow up visit soon with your physician. ...Read more
Seems a little: Excessive and could indicate a few things. I would discuss with your child's pediatrician. ...Read more
My 7mo old had always pooped 1-2 times a day but the past week she poops 4-6 times and it does not have any shape. Should I be concerned?
More poop: Stooling in a nine month old can vary alot. Many things can affect the frequency and the consistency of your childs stools...Runny nose, teething and congestion to name a few. As long as your child is doing okay otherwise it is probably normal. If he has fever or other symptoms see your pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
So do I have constipation if i only poop 2 times a week maximum? And does it matter if it's small or large poop?
Let's define problem: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full ; bloated. Have you been evaluated to show you're not blocked, if your gut is sluggish, or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study ; anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist next. ...Read more
5yo boy poops one or two times a week and has since birth. X-ray reveals constipation. What are some causes and solutions?
Child constipation: Causes - diet (not enough fluid and fiber, too much dairy), slow intestinal motility, stool withholding because of pain or fear of pooping, Hirschsprung's Disease, thyroid problems. These are the main causes but there are plenty of others. Regarding treatment, increase water and fiber intake and start Miralax (polyethylene glycol) 1-2 times per day to increase water content of stool (see other answers on treatment) ...Read more
Why does my 3 month olds poop have mucus in it&she poops 4-5 times a day but only a little bit?" shes been pooping like this for a week
Typically : Typically mucous in a baby's stool is due to mucous that was swallowed by the baby. However if the problem persists, your baby should be evaluated by her pediatrician. There are certain disorders of malabsorption that can result in this. The fact that it's of new onset and has only been for a week likely indicates the former. If you are concerned, please visit the doctor. Take care. ...Read more
I hardly poop and these days can't poop like a healthy person. So i'm using an enema 3 times per week. Is it bad for my health or?
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): I recommend drinking lots of water and using miralax, (polyethylene glycol) this type of fiber works with your body and doesn't necessarily force you to use the bathroom but lets you decide when you want to go. Each person has different reactions to fiber and some can cause bloating to some while others to have the same symptoms, so it is important to try a few to see which one works best for you. ...Read more
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