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Doctor insights on: Problems With Bowel Movements In Children

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Can Crohn's disease be associated with increase in bowel noises and movement?

Can Crohn's disease be associated with increase in bowel noises and movement?

It can be: Associated with these symptoms but just because you have these symptoms doesn't mean you have Chrons ...Read more

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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Do babies with Down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

Do babies with Down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

Not specifically: Ds infants can have any of the sporadic issues that affect non ds infants, like esophageal atresia, where the swallowing tube is not hooked up, or urinary tract defects, both of which can lead to poor amniotic fluid production. ...Read more

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Are mucousy or bloody stools in an infant associated with hirschsprung's disease?

Are mucousy or bloody stools in an infant associated with hirschsprung's disease?

Bloody stools: In an infant should absolutely be evaluated by your pediatrician asap. Hirschsprung's not a big one for bloody stools. Don't do online searches at your baby's expense. See your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can snoring in children be associated with having learning difficulties?

Can snoring in children be associated with having learning difficulties?

Snoring: Yes. Snoring in children means that they are not getting enough oxygen. This affects brain function. See an ENT to evaluate airway- tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum etc. Allergies may also play a role. ...Read more

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How often should adults have bowel movements?

How often should adults have bowel movements?

1 or 2 per day: Most adults have one bowel movement in 24 hours. However some are habituated to have one bm on every other day or have upto two per day. ...Read more

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Can recurrent cystitis be a clue to problems in small/large bowel? I have very slow transit in bowel "lazy bowel" and crohn's under control

Can recurrent cystitis be a clue to problems in small/large bowel?  I have very slow transit in bowel "lazy bowel" and crohn's under control

Effect: Patients with slow transit have a propensity to urinary infections due to bacterial translocation. In Crohn' s fistulas are notorious to create vicious paths that result in chronic contamination. ...Read more

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Could strong bowel movements cause problems with my renal stent?

Could strong bowel movements cause problems with my renal stent?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that constipation would affect a renal stent. Constipation is more likely to lead to painful anal fissures and bleeding hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Can excessive bowel movements be associated with pregnancy?

Frequent bms: Yes, a woman can have excessive bowel movements, especially during the first trimester. Hormones like Progesterone are the likely cause. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a change in bowel movements. Ie consistency, constipation?

Can anxiety cause a change in bowel movements. Ie consistency, constipation?

Yes: Stress and anxiety can cause a lot of changes and bowel habits are some of the most common things affected. It can cause both constipation and diarrhea and stomach pains. Stress and anxiety also often alter what you eat which will further impact your bowel movements. ...Read more

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Is "soft" stool and frequent bowel movement common with colitis?

Is "soft" stool and frequent bowel movement common with colitis?

Not always: If you have symptoms such as bloody stools or urge to go but nothing happens, or abdominal pain, or weight loss, then I'd be more suspicious for colitis. Nevertheless it would be a good idea to get your stool tested for inflammation and infection. ...Read more

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What causes constent hand movement with some older patients?

What causes constent hand movement with some older patients?

Neurological issues: Different reason could cause peripheral tremors. More information is needed, and the patient needs to be evaluated to determine what will be the most adequate treatment. ...Read more

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Grrr sounds and gas in sigmoid colon. Burning bowel movements. Minute scale of blood in stool. Can c.diff cause these? Any other conditions?

Grrr sounds and gas in sigmoid colon. Burning bowel movements. Minute scale of blood in stool. Can c.diff cause these? Any other conditions?

Yes.: C. dificile can cause your symptoms. So can several other things. Blood in the stool is always worrying, until checked out. Call your doc today or get seen today. ...Read more

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Can Irritable Bowel Syndrome cause mucus in the stool/anus?

Can Irritable Bowel Syndrome cause mucus in the stool/anus?

IBS: The finding of mucus in the stool is not uncommon in some patients who have irritable bowel syndrome. Occasionally increasing the amount of fiber in your diet or taking a fiber supplement may help. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the psychological reason for kids who hold in their bowel movements?

What is the psychological reason for kids who hold in their bowel movements?

Control: Children often feel like they have little or no control over their environment, and stooling is something they can sometimes control. It's the one battle of wills that kids can win over parents. Other times, it's about avoidance, of either pain or the sensation of loss (yes, they are attached to the poop sometimes). One good hard bm and they will try to not have another one. ...Read more

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Can people get dry mouth with irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)?

Can people get dry mouth with irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)?

It is possible: It is possible, especially if you are taking any medication to battle ibs. Many drugs can cause dry mouth as a side effect. Ask you doctor and see if your dentist has any suggestions to combat the dry mouth. ...Read more

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How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

How often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?

50%: About half of babies with down syndrome will have congenital heart disease. The majority will have atrioventricular septal defect, aka av canal or endocardial cushion defect. ...Read more

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I have severe problem, I am on pain killers and haven't had a bowel movement in over 8 days?

I have severe problem, I am on pain killers and haven't had a bowel movement in over 8 days?

The opioid: analgesics have side effects constipation, respiratory depression, euphoria, miosis, nausea and vomiting and physical dependence. A common problem associated with opioid therapy is constipation, which is a slowing of peristalsis caused by the action of the opioids. To prevent constipation from occurring, OTC laxatives are often prescribed along with opioid medication. ...Read more

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If im having problems with bowel movements blood and clear fluid should I go to er?

If im having problems with bowel movements blood and clear fluid should I go to er?

Likely yes: Cannot safely provide the few times not needed to go to er via internet, so must recommend going to er for eval and referral if required to gi. ...Read more

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I've never had problems with bowel movements before. Yesterday I did not know I had to poop until I felt it running down my leg. What causes this?

I've never had problems with bowel movements before. Yesterday I did not know I had to poop until I felt it running down my leg. What causes this?

Stool incontinence: could be serious and definitely embarassing problem. Most likely it is caused by defective sensory mechanism of anal sphincter. Consult with a colo-rectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Bloody stools, problems with bowel movements and now a lump right by his anus. What could this be?

Bloody stools, problems with bowel movements and now a lump right by his anus. What could this be?

Hemorrhoids ?: Possibly external or internal hemorrhoids. Sometimes may be important to rule out other pathology such as polyps or cancer of rectum/colon. ...Read more

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Can having a fibroid on the posterior of the uterus cause problems with bowel movements?

Can having a fibroid on the posterior of the uterus cause problems with bowel movements?

Yes: If the fibroid is large and compressing the colon or rectum it can cause problems with bowel movements. Schedule a visit with an Obgyn for an examination and ultrasound. ...Read more

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Marbled bowel movements. What is the problem?

Not Enuf water: You need to drink more water! eat more fruit and fiber. Try 6-8 glasses of water daily and 5 fruits and vegetables daily. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have bad bowel movement problems?

What do you suggest if I have bad bowel movement problems?

Constipation?: Not sure if you were referring to constipation or diarrhea or something else, because the question is slightly vague. Regardless, getting more fiber in your diet usually helps whatever colon problems are present. If you need more detail, either reframe the question or set up a second opinion consult with me. Happy to help. ...Read more

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What causes irregular bowel movements for to year old children?

Fruits: Toddlers are usually sensitive to fruits. A little fruit or juice can cause toddlers diarrhea. Try to see if he or she is sensitive to certain fruits or certain amounts of fruits or juices. ...Read more

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Haven't made bowel movements in 4 days.What could be the problem?

What's your normal?: "normal" bowel frequency in america ranges from 3 stools daily to one every 3 to 4 days. Many patients have some variability. If your normal is every 4 days, then no worries. If your norm is 4x/day, then maybe you have cause for concern. Lots of things alter how fast your GI tract empties--obstruction, dysmotilities, infection, malabsorption/maldigestion, metabolic issues, irritable bowel, more. ...Read more

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How big of a problem is it if i only have a bowel movement every 4 to 7 days?

How big of a problem is it if i only have a bowel movement every 4 to 7 days?

Not normal...: The normal range of bm frequency is from 3 stools bms per day to 1 bm every 3 days. Your frequency falls outside the range of normal. The longer the stool sits in the colon is associated with greater risk of colon cancer. I suggest you eat more fiber, get more active, drink more water or use a gentle laxative to have more frequent bms. You may want to see a gastroenterologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Multiple bowel movements with a sense of incomplete evacuation. Is this a serious problem? What do I do?

See GI: At 37yo with your symptoms, it is best to see a GI dr. And get an evaluation with a possible colonoscopy to see why your bowels have changed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there a problem if after I have a bowel movement and wipe, thoroughly later in the day residue is present?

Is there a problem if after I have a bowel movement and wipe, thoroughly later in the day residue is present?

Maybe, but...: Occasional incontinence of stool with fecal leakage is common, but loss of bowel control particularly without warning may signal a significant infection, inflammatory problem, maldigestive concern, or neurologic disorder. Sometimes, particularly in youths, the condition is behavioral. Often, anal manometry followed by biofeedback can be curative without the need of surgery or medication. ...Read more

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I have had a problem with being able to have a bowel movement for a week or so now i do have the urge to but when i go nothing happens please help?

I have had a problem with being able to have a bowel movement for a week or so now i do have the urge to but when i go nothing happens please help?

Many tests available: Sounds like you have a functional defecation disorder, or FDD or possibly a rectocele. 1st step is to get tested. A good GI doctor can perform rectal manometry, where a special catheter measures pressures of muscles that are involved with retaining and propelling stool. If this fails, you can get defecating proctogram or MRI defecography, but this means you have to be in the Radiology department. ...Read more

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Hi I am 24 year old male... I have irregular bowel movement with more than 3 a day... Due to this problem I am not able to go work .. I am worried?

Possible diarrhea: Add fiber (fruits, vegetables, whole grains) or commercial water soluble supplements to "regulate" stools. Raise concern if bleeding, weight loss, localizing abdominal pain or a personal/family history of colitis, cancer. Stool frequency deserves medical evaluation to rule out infection, malabsorption/maldigestion, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome. Get checked & worry less. ...Read more

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Bowel problems. Takes four bowel movements until complete.

Bowel problems. Takes four bowel movements until complete.

What's your normal?: "Normal" bowel frequency in america ranges from 3 stools daily to one every 3 to 4 days. Many patients have some variability. Maybe you have cause for concern. Lots of things alter how fast & completely your GI tract empties--obstruction, dysmotilities/pelvic floor dysfunction, Hirschprung's, infection, malabsorption/ maldigestion, metabolic issues, irritable bowel, more. Time for some testing? ...Read more

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How is excess bowel movement caused by digestion problems?

They're connected: What goes in must come out. Large meals result in large stools; small meals result in small stools. ...Read more

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How long can person go without bowel movement if eating 3 meals a day before problems?

How long can person go without bowel movement if eating 3 meals a day before problems?

It varies: Some patients have a bowel movement every day and others may have one several days apart. Please see your health care provider if you have a problem with constipation... ...Read more

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Is having bowel movement problems an underlying symptom of something worse like leukemia

Is having bowel movement problems an underlying symptom of something worse like leukemia

What bowel problem?: Problems with bowel movements can be caused by many things but not commonly from leukemia. You didn't mention what the specific bowel problems are but persistent problems like diarrhea or constipation should be evaluated by your physician. Also, blood in your stool needs to be reported to your physician right away. ...Read more

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