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I Only Poop Every 3 Days
No it is not normal:
It is not normal to poop every 3to4 days. Normaly a person will move bowels once or twice a day
if you are moving your bowels every 3to4 days you should consult your doctor, you may need adjustment in your diet, like more fluids, high fiber content and may need a stool softner or a laxative for a short period until you get regular. ...Read more
My son is a mo and half and im wondering why he isn't pooping daily? He poops like every three days is this normal? And why is he so gassy?
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
My so is six month old and poops 4 to 6 times a day. He eats solid three times a day and nurses btween 6 to 12 times in a. 24 hour peiod. His poop has changed In the past two days. He used to poop once every other day now he is going four to six times a
This is ok: Breast fed babies can have as few as one or two stools a week or as many as 4-6 per day depending on the child and the other elements in his diet. If there was a sudden change in frequency AND consistency of his stools he may have a viral illness. Give it a few days and if the frequency continues to increase or the stool becomes watery check with his doctor. ...Read more
Time to get help...: The average bowel frequency in america varies from 3 movements daily to 1 every 3-4 days. You are clearly outside the bell curve & need help now. Whether you have colon inertia, rectal dyssynergia, partial obstruction (intrinsic or extrinsic), ischemic gut, metabolic "imbalance", or some other disorder you should get checked & treated. Age, co-morbidities, longevity of symptoms may alter prognosis. ...Read more
What can I do to give myself a pooping schedule? Somedays ill go three times, others once, somedays twice. What can I do to make it the same every day
Don't be obsessive..: Your "pooping schedule" is based on what and where you eat in addition to you body.... Having a reproducible schedule, while maybe desired, it not necessary. ...Read more
When go to toilet for a poo every three days which now I have to push hard at first get a lot burning after which I think open fissure again?
Is there any health benefit to have a bowel movement twice a day as appose to once every three days? Please explain, thanks
How often should my 10 month old have a bowel movement? She is breastfed. She goes about once every three days. Just concerned!
Should I be worried I that my 7 yrs old daughter poops so big and she poop every 3 days since she was a baby?
Not really: Children do not all have the same patterns of bowel movements. If it is soft, not causing pain, and doesn't have blood on the stool, it's probably normal. Make sure she eats plenty of fruits/veggies/whole grains and drinks enough water. If the stool is hard balls, or painful, see your doctor to help with constipation. ...Read more
Not pooping as much as I did before while pregnant. I went from everyday to know every 3-4 days. Is this normal?
My two months old baby has very slimmy poop for three days now. She poops at least four times daily with hard noisy push anytime she wants to poop?
Don't worry: Unless the number of BM's have greatly increased and she is acting fussy and not eating well. You didn't mention if she is breastfed, and if that is the case, it's possible that some change in your diet is responsible. Watch for the next few days, and in most cases these changes resolve without an explanation. See your doctor if not resolving ...Read more
My 3 month old who is breastfed only poops once every 5 days and by the last couple days she is so uncomfortable, what can I do to fix it or help her?
Breast feeds: Breast fed infants can go a little every feed or overflow a diaper once a week. If it is soft when they go I don't worry about it. Babies fuss for a lot of reasons including gas, so irregularity is not always the cause. If stools are getting hard, I often try full strength prune juice, 1oz once or more/d.Takes about 3d to get things moving. ...Read more
I have been pooping an orange colored liquid... Feels like fire...Uses to only a bm oly once every 2-3 days... Now its 5 times a day. Any ideas?
Get it checked out: You should get it checked out. You might be bleeding or have an infection. ...Read more
I'm 37 weeks today I have had BH for the last three days and today I got a bad bolt of poops and cramping in back and front this is my 5th baby?
I was pooping and I pushed and I felt pain on my left side around the waist area. This happened three days ago. Since then I can feel my poop going down shortly before I go to the toilet should I be concerned?
Not always but...: Having BM's every 2-3 days may not be terrible but it's optimal to have daily BM's; otherwise toxins in the stool can be reabsorbed. Of greater concern is the cause; chronic constipation can be caused by hypothyroidism, insufficient dietary fiber &/or fluid intake, lack of exercise, magnesium deficiency, lead toxicity, intestinal yeast overgrowth, imbalances of GI flora etc. See a doc to evaluate. ...Read more
Everything's allrigh: Infants are all different and stooling depends upon many factors including those that we do not control. As long as baby does not get distended or vomit every feed there is no need to worry. Especially if infant feeds well. Please make sure to visit Pediatrician in scheduled appointments. Don't think you need to worry for now. ...Read more
Hemorrhoid?: One possibility is that you are constipated and have internal or external hemorrhoids. When hard stool passes by a hemorrhoid, it can cause it to bleed a small amount. If it doesn't resolve on its own within 1-2 weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more
I have been bleeding everyday for the past three days. Its a good amount of blood, but after I bleed once I don't bleed anymore. There is decent amount of blood and a small amount of poop. What could it be?
My grandson who is 22 months old has an iron level of 8. Just diagnosed and put on iron drops should I panic he eats nothing but seems happy and healthy. He poops only every 5-7 days since birth, doc says that's just him, but I'm worried
Iron deficiency anemia is not uncommon in toddlers. Sometimes it's because of a lack of dietary iron (red meat, leafy greens, fortified cereals) and sometimes it is because a child is drinking too much milk (a 22 month old should have no more than 20oz milk/day). I assume that the iron level of 8 that you are referring to is actually a hemoglobin level which is a red blood cell measure we use to assess iron. A normal hemoglobin level in most labs is 11-14. A level of 8 is low, but not a reason to panic if the child looks good. When we see a low hemoglobin level in a child on routine screening who is happy, healthy, and growning well, we often put them on iron supplements and recheck a level in a few months.
There are various other uncommon reasons for a low hemoglobin and if the iron drops do not work, then your child's doctor may want to do additional testing.
The infrequent bowel movements appear to be a separate issue and I would call the child's doctor to discuss solutions to this problem if he is having hard, dry, painful stools.
Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more
I've been pooping yellowish to orangish water for three days now and weren't able to go to work or even outside for a stroll. Can I take antibiotics?
Diarrhea: Diarrhea can be from foods, medications, infections (bacteria, parasites, viruses), functional disorders to name a few etiologies. It is important to know the exact etiology of the diarrhea before treating. Only in some cases of bacterial diarrhea do we treat with antibiotics because it may make the person more ill or cause a chronic carrier state. Best if >3 days of diarrhea to see your doc. ...Read more
My 3 month old baby is exclusively breastfed. He was pooping every 1-3 days now it's once a week and very thick like toothpaste? Is this okay? Causes?
Normal poop: Poops are normal. Normal for frequency of poops to decrease as baby gets older. ...Read more
I have had a hemorrhoid for like 3-4 days and every time I poop fresh blood comes out I also been using my perpetration h what should I do im only 27?
Well, you need to: Make sure the your stool stays soft and moist so that it will stop pulling open the hemorrhoid. Drink at least 64 oz of water per day. Make your food nutritious and full of fiber - at least 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Stay physically active. It is important not to make hemorrhoids worse. Cleaning off after a bowel movement should be gentle. Pre-moistened towlettes can be used to. ...Read more
I rarely go poop, every couple of days I'm pretty sure that's not normal, when I do it's in morning or right before bed. Norm?
Maybe/maybe not.: It's OK to poop every few days as long as it's soft and not painful or effortful. If it is hard or painful/effortful, you need to get more fiber in your diet (by eating more veggies and fruits) and drink lots more water. If that doesn't help, talk to your Dr. About whether you can use Miralax (polyethylene glycol) regularly to help. ...Read more
I had a colonoscopy yesterday and was told I should poop in 2 days. It seems every time I eat or drink I have to poop now. Is this normal?
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