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When You Poop Does Everything Come Out
No: If a person pooped everything she ate, all of her food and drink would run right through her, and she would quickly die of dehydration, even before she has a chance to die of malnutrition. Poop is normally the undigestible material left over after food and drink are thoroughly digested, mixed with billions of large bowel bacteria that live within us. ...Read more
Depends: It can be normal to only defecate once a week, however this is very uncommon. The normal human tends to stool about one to two times per day. See your doctor for an evaluation if you are concerned or if your weekly stool habits cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If only occasionally: If poop comes out like a string only occasionally, that is less worrisome, and may just be the consistency (hardness; water content) of the poop and the amount of relaxation of the anus (tight anus causes smaller diameter poop, if soft poop), at the moment of the bowel movement. But, if string-like poop happens often, one has to make sure there is not a cancer or blockage in the anus or rectum. ...Read more
Need more fiber: Your stools are dry, due to inadequate fiber and water. You should have a bowel movement every day, it should be ten inches long, and float. If you're not doing that, you most likely need more fluid and fiber. Take 1-2 tablespoons of psyllium husks (Konsyl) in a glass of water--follow with a second glass of water, every day. Adjust the dose based on your "output." Also, magnesium and prunes. ...Read more
Yes to some foods: Some foods do pass thru undigested, such as corn. If he is gaining weight and height that is good for his age as recorded by his pediatrician, then you don't have a problem. If he is underweight, it should be investigated by his doctor to see if there is an absorption problem. ...Read more
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