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Doctor insights on: Infant And Toddler Health Stool Frequency

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Dr. Charles Breaux
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Toddler Health (Definition)

Toddler health encompasses all of the well child exams, immunizations, safety and preventitive health guidelines that doctors give to ...Read more


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Color of stool in a child with rotavirus?

Color of stool in a child with rotavirus?

Varies: You can get many different stool colors with Rotavirus. One more common color, in my experience, has been a distinct "technicolor green". As it progresses you can see clear watery stools, yellow stools, and finally brown. With the advent of the vaccine we hardly ever see Rotavirus these days. ...Read more

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16 mon. Old son has frequent bouts of prolonged sticky foul smelling stool, and trouble digesting any milk including toddler formula. Why is this?

16 mon. Old son has frequent bouts of prolonged sticky foul smelling stool, and trouble digesting any milk including toddler formula. Why is this?

See below: There are a number of possibilities for the problems. The best rec is to see your doc and discuss this and if need be, see a peds GI specialist. ...Read more

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2w old girl fussy and gassy breastfed/supplemented. Pediatrician changed to soy formula. Normal Bowel movements only during rectal stimulation worried?

2w old girl fussy and gassy breastfed/supplemented. Pediatrician changed to soy formula. Normal Bowel movements only during rectal stimulation worried?

Don't worry: First, if at all possible to just breast feed and not supplement formula at all would be best for fussy/gassy infant. Human milk is for human babies. You'll make enough if she feeds from you regularly. Next, it's ok to do rectal stimulation for a little while if that how she can relax her sphincter. MANY babies squeeze their sphincters instead of relaxing it, and then grunt and cry. Normal! ...Read more

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How long should a formula fed infant do between bowel movements?

How long should a formula fed infant do between bowel movements?

BM in formula fed: Infant. They may go from several times a day to once a week. It is very much a variable thing. The idea that an infant has to go everyday or they are not " normal" is just not true. Think about how different we all are as adults. As long as baby does not have a rock hard tender abdomen, no fever, is eating well, and not tearing its little bum when it goes it is okay. What goes in will come out. ...Read more

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How often should a breastfed + formula supplemented baby have a bowel movement? Bowel movement forced by rectal exam after 36 hours of last stool.

How often should a breastfed + formula supplemented baby have a bowel movement? Bowel movement forced by rectal exam after 36 hours of last stool.

BM and baby: Babies poop at very different intervals. GENERALLY breast fed babies poop more frequently than formula fed/supplemented babies. If you child is not in any distress I would NOT be doing rectal probing to force a BM. Only a trained physician should perform this as serious injury can occur to your child. Expect breast fed baby to poop 3-6 times a day and formula fed baby maybe 2-3 a day on ave. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics give a toddler bright green stool?

Yes: If your toddler is also starting to develop loose stool or even diarrhea, yogurt (if they will eat it) can help. Antibiotics alter the normal bacterial flora found in the intestine, and yogurt can help start to restore balance. ...Read more

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Diet if child has emesis and loose stool from flu?

Diet if child has emesis and loose stool from flu?

Hydrate!: Make sure your child does not become dehydrated. If you are unable to keep anything down your risk for this increases specially if you have diarrhea. Try giving small frequent amounts of fluids, use electrolytes such as pedialyte. If your child continues to have emesis seek medical attention asap. ...Read more

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4 month old baby given gerber purees. Has hard stools and hot body. No temparature. Breast milk not sufficient and baby refuses formula no matter what?

4 month old baby given gerber purees. Has hard stools and hot body. No temparature. Breast milk not sufficient and baby refuses formula no matter what?

Feeding: Some baby foods are more constipating-apples, bananas, sweet potatoes. Other foods like peaches, pears, prunes are more loosening. Extra water in your babies diet is also helpful to soften stools. Dilute juices are also good but usually not before 6 months of age. ...Read more

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My son is 10 weeks old, what would cause his bowel movements to be grey in color? Hes formula fed and no recent diet changes.

My son is 10 weeks old, what would cause his bowel movements to be grey in color? Hes formula fed and no recent diet changes.

Digestion changes: Off color stools is not uncommon in formula fed infants. The whole system is getting used to being on line. Generally the only colors to be concerned about are black as tar, red or white. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/diapering-a-baby-13/baby-bowel-movements ...Read more

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My toddler has trouble with cow milk, and lactose free milk. He becomes constipated after a few cups. But cow based toddler formula gives him diarrhea?

My toddler has trouble with cow milk, and lactose free milk. He becomes constipated after a few cups. But cow based toddler formula gives him diarrhea?

Simplify: Most american children drink way too much milk and yes milk can result in a child who is very constipated. However formulas are filled with vitamins and ions and electrolytes that make you have a diarrhea in excess because it retains water in your intestines. Try to simplify his diet more water maybe some herbal tea that has no caffeine, and a lot less milk i preferred my kids eat their dairy. ...Read more

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8wk old formula fed, whether 1 urination in diaper or a full diaper baby's pee smells...a concern? Or is that normal? Baby eats very well!

8wk old formula fed,  whether 1 urination in diaper or a full diaper baby's pee smells...a concern? Or is that normal? Baby eats very well!

Any other symptoms?: And what does it smell like? Fishy? Mousy? Sweaty feet? Fruity? Just very strong? Odd urine odor may be caused by accumulation of smelly metabolic precursors or byproducts or possibly UTI with urea-splitting bacteria. In a healthy, asymptomatic, and thriving baby who is growing well, without fevers or vomiting, it's likely ok, but you should call your pediatrician so they can ask more questions. ...Read more

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2 month old formula fed baby passing adult-like stool? Semi hard constitency/long tubes. She is very fussy/cries most of the day. Formula change?

2 month old formula fed baby passing adult-like stool? Semi hard constitency/long tubes. She is very fussy/cries  most of the day. Formula change?

In the absence of : diarrhea, vomiting, poor weight gain, eczema, wheezing or other signs of milk protein allergy or milk protein intolerance, I'd say take your baby & a diaper full of stool to her pediatrician, discuss your concerns & wait to see what her physical exam reveals before trying an elimination diet. An elimination diet includes re-introducing the suspected offending food under medical supervision. ...Read more

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Is dark green clay consistency poop in a 2 month old constipation? We have to help him poop also with stimulation and or juice.

Is dark green clay consistency poop in a 2 month old constipation?  We have to help him poop also with stimulation and or juice.

Maybe: Someone could have loose funny colored green or clay colored stools from stool seeping around a fecal impaction.see pediatrician for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Treating old constipation through any home remedies? Constipation as old as 2-3 years, lack of bowel movements, feeling lethargic, using laxatives.

Treating old constipation through any home remedies? Constipation as old as 2-3 years, lack of bowel movements, feeling lethargic, using laxatives.

Eat more fiber: Eat more fiber, eat more vegetables, if you up the amount of vegetables and natural fiber you eat, you should have no problem having bowel movements. Also exercising should help. If your diet is more than 25% fresh whole vegetables, raw or cooked, and you still don't have bowel movements you might need some tests to figure out why. ...Read more

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What causes blood in newborn stool as well as baby hardly drinking milk 1ounce to be exact?

What causes blood in newborn stool as well as baby hardly drinking milk 1ounce to be exact?

Contact your Dr.: This is urgent- blood in stool needs immediate eval - especially in a baby. - there are other important questions to be asked such as age of baby- any birth complications, maturity-etc but it wont change your need to take baby in - so please make an appoint to be seen today if you have not already. Good luck. ...Read more

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4 week old eats 4ounces of similac for fussiness and gas every 2-3 hours. Is that normal?

4 week old eats 4ounces of similac for fussiness and gas every 2-3 hours. Is that normal?

Pretty normal: I would recommend going every three hours if your baby is taking 4 ounces each feeding time. ...Read more

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2 month old baby experiencing hard tube like stool (with fussiness). Is on milk base formula. Is offering about 2 oz daily of water+brown sugar ok?

2 month old baby experiencing hard tube like stool (with fussiness). Is on milk base formula. Is offering about 2 oz daily of water+brown sugar ok?

Constipation is: defined in infants 2 months old & older who have 3 symptoms: firm, dry pebbly stools, no bowel movement for 2-3 days in a formula fed baby & straining/crying while having a bowel movement or taking > 10 minutes to pass a stool. If these criteria are met & baby is over 2 months, give 1 oz./day of apple or pear juice, 1st diluted to ¼ strength with cooled boiled water, then ½ strength, if needed. ...Read more

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17 month old toddler boy. 5-10 frequent bowel movements past 2-3 weeks. Ranges from diarrhea to solid. Tried probiotic for kids no better. ?

17 month old toddler boy. 5-10 frequent bowel movements past 2-3 weeks. Ranges from diarrhea to solid. Tried probiotic for kids no better. ?

Toddlers diarrhea: Your child has whats known as toddlers diarrhea. It may be caused from drinking juice. Juices contain fructose or sorbitol which are sugars that cause diarrhea in toddlers. Also some of the dyes added to fruit juices may also cause problems. To help you determine where the problem is use a diet diary. ...Read more

Feces (Definition)

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