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Stool Withholding In Children
My 10 y.O. Complais that its hard to get his stool out. Is there a childrens laxative to soften it?
No laxative: There is a huge difference between laxatives and stool softeners. First, increase the fiber in child's diet and how much water child drinks daily. If you have tried this and stool still hard, then stool softeners such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) can be helpful. Steer clear of actual laxatives - these can cause more problems than they solve. ...Read more
I often don't have BMs on the weekends because I'm so busy taking care of my small children. When I finally have a BM on Monday, it's often harder in texture and streaked with mucus. Some of the mucus is orangish. Otherwise, my stools are normal.
All expected: The large intestine is just a storage/drying area. If/when you retain stool, it will become more dried out,bulky & harder to pass. You may see blood or mucus in the process. Your body thrives on regular rhythms. You should schedule time to take a dump between your other pursuits before this created diverticulitis or other bowel complications. ...Read more
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
Frequent pasty stool in children
my 6 yr old grandaughter has had this ever since i can remember.
Along with white on her tongue, and bad breath.
Go see her doctor.: If it has been going on for a long time why are you concerned all of a sudden? She needs to be checked by her pediatrician to know if is a problem or not. When was the last time if ever that she saw her dentist for a checkup and tooth cleaning and Fluoride treatment? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends...: A lot of things, ranging from a minor viral syndrome to a more serious gastrointestinal disorder (colitis). Mucousy stools could be colitis, or inflammation of the colon. Is blood present in the stools? Bacterial colitis may require antibiotics. Call your pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood in stools had endoscope have gastritis have hernia will have colonoscopy in oct had last colonoscopy 4 year ago am anemic I am 61 years old under active thyroid 3 children had gall bladder out many years ago teated positive celiac disease in 2 test
No other disease?: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful medication too. Exercise also helps. ...Read more
Diet, blood: Stool will vary from light to dark depending upon the diet. Diets rich is red meat for instance will darken the stool color. If there is GI bleeding then the stool may become black. This requires evaluation by your gastoenterlogist as the source of the bleeding must be discovered and corrected. ...Read more
Dietary sources: often time dark green stools are the result of diet. foods that have blue in them such as blueberries or other blue food coloring can cause dark green stools. If this persists after eliminating this from your diet then you may want to consider seeing a medical professional ...Read more
Hydrate well.: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per /day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables ; 4 servings of fruit per day. Stay physically active w regular exercise. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. Please discuss your hemorrhoids w your physician. If this is not sufficient. Disimpaction is sometimes. ...Read more
Can't tell from here: 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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