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907998 tn?1242577552
What causes large stool's in children?
My son is 6 years old. He has a problem with very large stools..He hates to go to the bathroom because he seys it hurts. Often he will hold it and only let out little pieces at a time. His stools are larger then my 63 year old father. I have confronted his doctor and he told me to be sure to give him foods high in fiber and water. Well all he drinks it water and milk and some juice..Nothing is working..Im concerned. I measured one stool (sorry sounds gross) it was almost 10 inches long and bigger then his fist..now he is a small boy weighing 46 pounds...What could be causing this and should I be making a big deal out of it?
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701334 tn?1262857103
thats NORMAL..lol..when your young its normal because your bowels are clean and clear,as you get older,they get clogged up some and you have smaller or looser stools.
dont worry about it,in the case bigger IS better
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The two symptoms that I see as red flags are: 1. the width of the stool, and 2. that it causes pain to the point that the child has a fear of going to the bathroom.
He could be suffering from Encopresis.
www.mayoclinic.com/health/encopresis/DS00885

I took my son (5 years old) to see a Pediatric Gastroenterologist when he was complaining that he was afraid to go to the bathroom; he was diagnosed with encopresis, which is relatively common in children over the age of 4.
The GI specialist said that a healthy bm for a young child would make an "S shape" and be the consistency of  "oatmeal".
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no need for the child to go trough that, it is encrepsis, give a diet high in fiber, bran cereals water fruit juices. A regular healthy stool is better than a painful one
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Encopresis is one aspect, impaction is another but just have a healthy diet and adjust accordingly. In other words, diet does have something to do with a healthy body.
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