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Is it normal for my baby to have bowel movements that are so watery?

Is it normal for my baby  to have bowel movements that are so watery?

Yes: Breastfed newborns typically have looser stools than formula fed. Nonetheless, there are distinguishing features that separate the abnormal from the normal. The newborn stool before solid foods rarely has an offensive odor; a seedy yellow character is common; the baby is generally not fussy. True diarrhea is oftentimes more green, possibly streaked with blood, and smells distinctively sour. ...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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Is it normal for my baby to breastfeed and not have a bowel movement for days?

Is it normal for my baby to breastfeed and not have a bowel movement for days?

Yes: If a baby is eagerly and happily breastfeeding each day, if he has no tummy aches nor bloating, and if his poops are quite soft, then it is ok for him to poop only once every few days. He is digesting all the breastmilk, and using almost all of it to maintain and grow his body (leaving very little solid material to make poop). The water in the milk is absorbed and later urinated out as pee. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my newborn to not have bowel movement for 2 days?

Is it normal for my newborn to not have bowel movement for 2 days?

Varies with feed: Your newborn should have an initial tarry poo within the first 24hrs.This signals that all the plumbing is hooked up.After primary clean out the pattern depends a lot on the feed. Bf kids can make a smear every feed or one giant poo every week or so.Formula fed kids tend to go at least daily.If the kid is quiet & seems ok i wouldn't be concerned.If babies fussy, it may or may not be an issue. ...Read more

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Is it normal to not poop for 3-4 days? And i don't feel constipated. Is it normal to not have a bowel movement for 3-4 days?

Is it normal to not poop for 3-4 days? And i don't feel constipated. Is it normal to not have a bowel movement for 3-4 days?

It depends: As long as you r not uncomfortable, nauseated, bloated, and with any abdominal discomfort its ok. You see there are a lot of factors involved including your dietary habbits, your work schedule, physical activity level and not drinking enough fluids. Some people just have slow motility of bowel. Remember to add a daily fiber supplement to your diet, which may improve your bowel habbits too. ...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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Is it normal for my infant's bowel movements to be lightly colored?

Is it normal for my infant's bowel movements to be lightly colored?

Yes: Baby stool (poop) can be light colored, usually a blend of yellow with some brown or green. However, if the poop gets lighter and lighter in color, becoming a grey/white color, then there is a problem (not enough bile is mixing into the stool). A doctor will then need to evaluate the baby, to look for a liver or gall bladder problem causing the very light colored stool. ...Read more

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Everytime I have normal vaginal sex the next day it seems harder for me to have a bowel movement . Is that normal?

Everytime I have normal vaginal sex the next day it seems harder for me to have a bowel movement . Is that normal?

Constipation: It's not a common complaint. If vaginal intercourse is painful, you could have endometriosis. I'd recommend reporting this to your OB/GYN physician to see if she/he can find a cause. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have diarrhea day after colonoscopy. And I would also to know if it is normal to have a bowel movement and pee at the same time. I g?

Is it normal to have diarrhea day after colonoscopy.  And I would also to know if it is normal to have a bowel movement and pee at the same time.  I g?

Yes: You may have some residual bowel preparation solution. if the diarrhea persists more than one day, it would be prudent to consult your doctor. Bowel movement and urinating at the same time is normal. Drink enough water to stay hydrated. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Is it normal to not have bowel movements after cleaning?

Is it normal to not have bowel movements after cleaning?

Cleaning?: Are you asking if it is normal not to have bowel movements for awhile after having a cleansing eneama? If so, that can occur. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to have a bowel movement after each feeding?

Is it normal for my baby to have a bowel movement after each feeding?

Yes: This is normal, especially with breastfed babies. It is also normal for breastfed babies to go 10 days to 2weeks without pooping. As long as they have soft stools and their belly does not seem to be getting bigger or hard or painful this is fine. If your baby's suddenly begins to have watery more frequent stools they may have an infection and should see a doctor to make sure they are hydrated. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have smaller bowel movements when you eat less? I have been eating less and my stool is less.

Is it normal to have smaller bowel movements when you eat less? I have been eating less and my stool  is less.

Usually yes, but...: Usually YES, but it also depends on what one eats. For example, a person who eats 1 pound of lettuce may have bigger stools than a person who eats more that a pound of ice cream, because the lettuce has fiber while the ice cream does not. Fiber gives bigger poops. ...Read more

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I know this is going to sound insane but I have had bloody stool for a few years now. What is this. Too afraid for doctors visit also no longer having regular bowel movements. It looks like balls of puss when i try to have a bowel movement and it smells.

I know this is going to sound insane but I have had bloody stool for a few years now. What is this. Too afraid for doctors visit also no longer having regular bowel movements. It looks like balls of puss when i try to have a bowel movement and it smells.

See a doctor: There are many reasons for your symptoms, many of them treatable with simple solutions. In order to fully investigate, you need to see a doctor. While it is understandable you are afraid, this is the only way to get much needed relief by determining what treatment you need. Only your doctor can determine this. ...Read more

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How often is it normal to have bowel movements?

How often is it normal to have bowel movements?

Depends!: Everyone's different. Some people have a bowel movement every day, sometimes even twice daily depending upon dietary fiber, fluids & physical activity. Others feel just fine having a bowel movement every few days, perhaps even as infrequent as weekly. As long as you're not straining, you're ok. We worry about constipation if you really need to push & strain to get stool out. Avoid laxatives. ...Read more

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I been constipation for years already and I poop after a bowel movement but there is stool inside my rectum is that normal or no???

I been constipation for years already and I poop after a bowel movement but there is stool inside my rectum is that normal or no???

Incomplete: evacuation and smeary difficult clean up of stool is a degree of constipation due usually to inadequate fluids or excessive caffeine/alcohol intake both of which dehydrate and can lead to your problem ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with ibs, is it normal to have some mucus in your stool? This isn't anything new I've always had it and its not every time.

I was diagnosed with ibs, is it normal to have some mucus in your stool? This isn't anything new I've always had it and its not every time.

IBS: If there is mucous or blood in the stool i would not diagnose ibs unless you have had a colonoscopy to rule out inflammatory bowel disease. If the colonoscopy is normal then ibs is fairly common in young adults. ...Read more

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Newborn seems to always have gas, what is normal?

Newborn seems to always have gas, what is normal?

Not uncommon: if not painful, child is gaining weight, and no associated diarrhea, then wouldn't worry. Formula change may be of benefit. How old, what is formula? Unimpaired growth and development? ...Read more

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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