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How many times a week should men/women poop? Is it normal to have poop once or twice a week?

How many times a week should men/women poop? Is it normal to have poop once or twice a week?

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 more

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I excrete (poop) only 2-3 times a week, is this bad?

I excrete (poop) only 2-3 times a week, is this bad?

Can be normal.: If this has been your pattern for a long time and it is not changed, and if you feel fine, without abdominal pain or other signs or symptoms, it is fine. You don't need any tests done. You should have a colonoscopy done at age 50, or sooner if you have any family history of colon problems. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 11 week old is combined fed and can sometimes poop over 5 - 6 times a day is this normal?

My 11 week old is combined fed and can sometimes poop over 5 - 6 times a day is this normal?

Pooping normal: If you are breast feeding he can poop with each feeding, once a day or sometimes go as long as week without pooping. ...Read more

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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

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My 14 week old is pooping up to 15 times a day is this normal?

My 14 week old is pooping up to 15 times a day is this normal?

Seems a little: Excessive and could indicate a few things. I would discuss with your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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

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5yo boy poops one or two times a week and has since birth. X-ray reveals constipation. What are some causes and solutions?

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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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?

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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My 9 week old son poops once every 10 days. Yet, he's pooped 3 times in the past three days, 1 for everyday, andhis poop has been bright green/watery/stringy. Could therebe a problem?

My 9 week old son poops once every 10 days. Yet, he's pooped 3 times in the past three days, 1 for everyday, andhis poop has been bright green/watery/stringy. Could therebe a problem?

Probably ok: Frequent, loose, sometimes greenish stools in infants indicate "rapid transit" of stools that can be due to host of issues but unless he is not eating, having fever, appearing ill may resolve with just observation or care with the diet if other foods have been introduced. If adding new foods this may be part of the problem but not necessarily mean they have to be stopped if this problem resolves. ...Read more

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My toddler poop 3 times today she usually just goes once, not watery though. She had a few days on antibiotics last week?

My toddler poop 3 times today she usually just goes once, not watery though. She had a few days on antibiotics last week?

Increased stooling: There are many causes of increased stooling. It is possible the antibiotic changed her bowel flora and is responsible. Continue to monitor her stools and focus on extra fluids, particularly those containing electrolytes. It may be as simple as a change in her diet. If the frequency increases or there is blood in her stool see her doctor. ...Read more

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My baby 6 months & 1 week, started her solid puree recently (e.G., rice, sweet potatoes & carrot), she poop 4-5 times a day, is that normal?

My baby 6 months & 1 week, started her solid puree recently (e.G., rice, sweet potatoes & carrot), she poop 4-5 times a day, is that normal?

Yes it is normal: It is not unusual for 6months old babies to poop4to5 times a day as long as stools are formed and not watery and baby is not irritable. ...Read more

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I used to have hemorrhoids a few years ago. Now 1-2 times a week when i poop there is blood on my butthole, but not on my poop. There's no pain though?

I used to have hemorrhoids a few years ago. Now 1-2 times a week when i poop there is blood on my butthole, but not on my poop. There's no pain though?

Blood: Symptoms are still consistent with hemorrhoids. Unless surgery was done to remove them they are still there . Other considerations include: fissure, fistula, inflammatory bowel disease. See your doctor for exam & treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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I've been pooping bloody mucous 4-8 times a day going on close to 3 weeks now. I have a colonoscopy scheduled. My dad had stage 2 rectal cancer.

I've been pooping bloody mucous 4-8 times a day going on close to 3 weeks now. I have a colonoscopy scheduled. My dad had stage 2 rectal cancer.

Be patient: ... But do not miss your colonoscopy appointment. It will help decide if anything serious is going on to explain your symptoms. Best of luck. ...Read more

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16 month pooping 6 times a day for 10 weeks taking off milk poop is green to pale always runny with low grade fever 99.9 to 100.3 is normal?

16 month pooping 6 times a day for 10 weeks taking off milk poop is green to pale always runny with low grade fever 99.9 to 100.3 is normal?

Toddlers diarrhea: Your child seems to have toddlers diarrhea. This can be brought on by sugars in the form of fructose or sorbitol found in juices.This would include kool aide and various sodas. Also food with varios dyes in them can also cause diarrhea. Keep a diet diary and then discuss it with yourdoctor. ...Read more

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