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Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Most often dietary: Most often just random event due to dietary changes - if chronic or have blood see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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How to cure loose stools?

How to cure loose stools?

Chronic diarrhea??: Sounds like you have a case of chronic diarrhea. That can be caused by numerous things from infections to transient malabsorption syndromes to dietary problems. Why don't you make an appt with your doc and if he cannot help see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I have loose stools everyday, why?

I have loose stools everyday, why?

Get a check up: The possible causes are too many and thus beyond the capacity to answer on this forum. Please consult your physician to undergo a thorough physical examination and some lab test to get the correct diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does chocolate cause loose stools?

Does chocolate cause loose stools?

For some: For some people it may cause loose bowel movements either as a result of lactose or caffeine sensitivity. For others if you eat too much chocolate you may also have loose stools. ...Read more

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How often is it ok to have loose stools?

How often is it ok to have loose stools?

Question unclear: What do you mean by "loose"? Is this a change? It is seldom normal to have this happen unless something in diet or an organism or other inflammatory process is in progress. Generally these are self-limited and resolve in under 5-7 days. The daily frequency is also an issue. Be more specific in your question. Best. ...Read more

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Why do I get loose stools every time I eat?

Why do I get loose stools every time I eat?

Many reasons: Really hard to tell but common causes include ibs, celiac, ibd, bile salts, infectious or even dietary. ...Read more

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What commonly causes loose stools in adults?

What commonly causes loose stools in adults?

Not always diarrhea: Stool texture (regardless of volume or frequency of movements) is defined by the bristol stool scale (bss), which ranges from 1 (hard, pellet stool) to 7 (loose, watery stool). Normal stool grades a 4 on the bss. On the other hand, "diarrhea" is defined by volume and stool frequency (typically more than 4-5 bowel movements/day). Tell your doctor as well about bleeding, fever, tenderness, & pain. ...Read more

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What to do about food in toddlers loose stools?

What to do about food in toddlers loose stools?

Poor digestion: The 'BRAT' diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast and the like) are foods recommended during bouts of diarrhea because they help bind the stool and are easier to digest. ...Read more

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Why have I got loose stools? In the islands on break

Why have I got loose stools? In the islands on break

Traveller's diarrhea: Food borne illness is when you eat food that makes you sick. Outbreaks may involve bacteria (salmonella, shigella, c.Perfringens, c.Botulinum, b.Cereus, v.Parahaemolyticus, campylobacter, staph aureus), virus (norwalk, hepatitis a), chemical (ciguatoxin, scobrotoxin, mushrooms, heavy metals), water contamination (giardia, s.Typhi), others. Watch out for "traveller's diarrhea" (especially etec). ...Read more

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What could be the explanation behind my loose stools?

What could be the explanation behind my loose stools?

Loose Stoold: Bowel infections caused by viruses, bacteria and certain parasites frequently cause loose stools. Viral gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, is a common cause of episodic diarrhea. See you GI doctor for help. ...Read more

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HI sir steptococcal URTI can manifest with loose stools?

HI sir steptococcal URTI can manifest with loose stools?

Throat infection: Not the infection by itself but antibiotics used to treat it may cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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What is the difference between loose stools and diarhhea?

LOOSE STOOLS: Have a mushy consistency. Diarrhea is wattery non formed stools. ...Read more

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What is wrong with me? I have loose stools nearly every day.

Daily loose stools: Causes of daily loose stools include irritable bowel syndrome (usually associated with stress), lactose intolerance, or severe constipation (in which new food from the stomach comes to your colon as a liquid, has no place to go, and so leaks around the huge mass of constipated stool. This is surprisingly common and is sugggested if you have any past history of constipation. ...Read more

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Help please! Is black loose stools common or should I be worried?

Help please! Is black loose stools common or should I be worried?

Possibly: If you black stools are tarry (sticky) with a foul odor that would be cause for concern. That could be related to GI bleeding. ...Read more

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At home I am locavore. When I travel I get loose stools even on fine dining. Why?

At home I am locavore. When I travel I get loose stools even on fine dining. Why?

Don't know ur diet: Locovore is unlikely to be the issue. Make a diet diary for 3 days, annotatred with symptoms, time of month in menstrual cycle, while at home, and while traveling. See what is different. Show to your doc. ...Read more

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Flat stools for about 2 years. Sometimes loose stools. About every 2 weeks they're loose. Am I ok?

Flat stools for about 2 years. Sometimes loose stools. About every 2 weeks they're loose. Am I ok?

Colonoscopy: You have reached an age in which beginning routine colonoscopy every five years may be indicated. Discuss with your family doctor. The intermittant loose stools could be due to numerous issues, and would need more info and stool exam to tell whether further evaluation is indicated. See your doctor, and good luck. ...Read more

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I don't know what's goin on but I have been gettin white stuff on my stools like tissue but not n also gettin really loose stools its not all time?

I don't know what's goin on but I have been gettin white stuff on my stools like tissue but not n also gettin really loose stools its not all time?

Call your MD: There are different reasons that you can get white material in stool but almost always concerning. Please call your doctor and be seen to get evaluation asap. You probably can pick up a container from your md or lab to collect a stool sample asap, which will be a needed part of your evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a mutivitamin give you loose stools?

Can a mutivitamin give you loose stools?

Check ingredients...: If your multivitamin is high in magnesium, you're getting a laxative effect equivalent to taking milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). Alternatively, some pill vehicles can cause loose stool, even if the pill ingredients do not. In any case, stop taking the supplement & if diarrhea persists, another cause must be sought. ...Read more

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Does green loose stools associate with giardia?

Does green loose stools associate with giardia?

Not necessarily.: An infection with giardia can present with diarrhea or constipation or neither. Stool color is not a reliable way to determine the organism responsible, if any. Only a test for parasites can do this, and it takes checking 3 stool samples, because the parasites may not be present in every stool. See your doctor and get tested. ...Read more

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Can your gallbladder give you loose stools? If so, what is recommended?

Gallbladder: Gallbladder problems not usually associated with diarrhea as the synptoms are more of a blocking of bile by stones in the gallbladder. Diarrhea can happen after gallbladder comes out ...Read more

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When is best time to take Metamucil for loose stools? 1 tsp a day enough?

When is best time to take Metamucil for loose stools? 1 tsp a day enough?

Night: Night time if you normally go to the washroom in the morning, or first thing in the morning if you go to the washroom in the evening. ...Read more

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My baby has had loose stools for almost a week and a half now. Is that normal?  

My baby has had loose stools for almost a week and a half now. Is that normal?  

Loose stools: Depends on the age and the babie's diet, and sometimes the mother's diet. In many circumstances loose stools can be normal.
Has there been a change in diet or a change in formula? Is the baby growing normally or not.
If the problem persists without a good explaination of the cause, then discuss this with the babi's doctor to determine whether or not an examination is necessary. ...Read more

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Flat stools for about 2years. No blood. No pain. Sometimes loose stools am I ok?

Flat stools for about 2years. No blood. No pain. Sometimes loose stools am I ok?

Change in stool: A change in the appearance of the stool warrants attention, even if you have seen no blood and have no pain. Suggest you see your doctor for examination and appropriate tests. Consider colonoscopy if you have not had one. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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