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Why Is My Poo Soft
Has more water in it: The softness of poo usually depends on the water in it. Some people have soft poo as their "normal", but a change from formed poo to "too soft" poo is likely a problem. Poo that travels too quickly through the intestines will still have too much water in it. Poo mixed with undigested sugars (excess fruits, juice) will hold on to much water. A doctor can check for infections like giardia, etc... ...Read more
Constipation?: There are many products on the market for constipation. Without more history and more health history, I would not recommend anything other than increase water and fiber intake and maybe a mild product like senna without or with colace (docusate sodium). Hope you have good results with this intervention ...Read more
Diarrhea or impactio: It is important to know your age and since when you have had this and if you did have constipation in the past. Is it diarrhea or is it stool impaction that only allows the fluid stool to come out. Is it recent onset or you have had it x long time? Bottom line...See a dr either pcp or gastroenterologist. You may need a colonoscopy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bile: The greenish color in stool is the breakdown product of the bile when it has not been in the gut long enough to go through a change to yellowish or brown. It is normal as is the loose consistency. Some digested material will take on a darker tint than others & the germs in the gut will also impact the final product. I'd ignore the whole issue. ...Read more
Bloody Stool: This can mean anything from a tear in your rectum to cancer of the colon and anything in-between. If it is one time occurance and just on the toilet paper it is usually not of any significance. Persistent bloody stool requires evaluation by your doctor no matter how old you are. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Everyone different: We all vary, but is it a change for you? Is there any blood or black in it? Do you have any belly pain? If so, you should have it checked out. Sometimes our diets vary and we need to clear out more than usual. 4-5 times per day is more than average and shouldn't be ignored if you have other symptoms. ...Read more
"Cure" for diarrhea: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis. ...Read more
Meaning of wee poo?: M of unknown age or medical history asks: What does it mean when u can't we or poo? ANS: over here it means you can't piss or pass water to take a leak or drain your radiator. poo means to pass a bowel movement. If you are asking what causes both then you have a bad problem that must be investigated. Please call your Dr now. ...Read more
Get him help...: "normal" bowel frequency in america ranges (in a bell-curve distribution) from 3/day to 1/3-4 days. Your friend's son is clearly outside the bell curve. Lots of possibilities here, particularly based on the age of the child. If the history is accurate, then at the very least a physical exam with digital rectal check & a belly x-ray will likely be performed so appropriate treatment can be offered. ...Read more
More fiber: Fiber from food or supplements can help bowels move more easily. Eat plenty of high fiber foods like beans, whole grains, &vegetables. If that doesn't help try fiber supplements either in capsules, wafers or powder. Non-absorbable laxatives like polyethylene glycol (MiraLax) can also help bowels move. If this doesn't work visit your GP for evaluation. Thanks for trusting HealthTap ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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