• Here's the straight poop on kids and constipation

    Here's the straight poop on kids and constipationLet’s face it, nobody really likes to talk about constipation. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop it from occurring. In fact, constipation is one of the most common conditions kids face. Constipation is most common in kids ages 2-4 (during toilet training) and happens more often with boys than girls.

    Since each child is different, it can be tough to tell what is normal. Breastfed infants may only poop once a week, and that’s perfectly normal. During the first month of life, pooping less than once a day might mean your newborn isn’t eating enough, but after that, breastfed infants may go several days or even a week between bowel movements, using every drop they eat to make more baby, not more poop. Other infants, such as those who are eating formula, may just have a slower (but completely normal) gut, so they don't go very often.

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  • The straight poop: How bugs in your bowel affect your health

    The straight poop: How bugs in your bowel affect your health“Poop,” my 2-year-old granddaughter says enthusiastically. “Me. Look … Woooow!”

    She’s acquired the curiosity bug and wants to view the poop before it’s flushed away. She’s clearly on to something, because that poop is a significant indicator of her health.

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