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Why is my child having large, hard stools and what can I do to help?
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Diet and exercise
An old computer term, "garbage in, garbage out" sort of applies.
Much of the modern U.S. Diet tends to cause constipation: fried foods, cheese, white breads & pastas, white rice, red meats, sweets, bananas, excess milk, & more. Avoid or limit these foods. Instead, use fresh veggies, fruits, white meats, lots of water, whole grain cereals/breads/pastas, brown rice. Exercise/activity helps, too.

In brief: Diet and exercise
An old computer term, "garbage in, garbage out" sort of applies.
Much of the modern U.S. Diet tends to cause constipation: fried foods, cheese, white breads & pastas, white rice, red meats, sweets, bananas, excess milk, & more. Avoid or limit these foods. Instead, use fresh veggies, fruits, white meats, lots of water, whole grain cereals/breads/pastas, brown rice. Exercise/activity helps, too.
Dr. Gregg Alexander
Dr. Gregg Alexander
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: Maybe Nothing
Just because it is large and hard, there is no problem if the baby/child is suffering no discomfort at all.
To improve the situation, add dietary fiber and make sure there is nothing in the diet that is causing the problem.

In brief: Maybe Nothing
Just because it is large and hard, there is no problem if the baby/child is suffering no discomfort at all.
To improve the situation, add dietary fiber and make sure there is nothing in the diet that is causing the problem.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Stool retention/diet
It is common for kids to try avoiding stooling as soon as they have a painful experience.
They do not understand how their plan hurts them in the long haul. A diet rich in vegies & fiber helps.Avoid constipators like apples, pasta & junk food. Encourage more fluid intake and regular and complete emptying. The problem often takes a year or more to fix & often needs your physicians help.

In brief: Stool retention/diet
It is common for kids to try avoiding stooling as soon as they have a painful experience.
They do not understand how their plan hurts them in the long haul. A diet rich in vegies & fiber helps.Avoid constipators like apples, pasta & junk food. Encourage more fluid intake and regular and complete emptying. The problem often takes a year or more to fix & often needs your physicians help.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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