Childhood Diseases

Posted by: KC | 2011-10-09


Bowel Movements

Hr Dr.
Please can you advise, I would just like to know what it the norm as far as bowel movements go. If there is a norm? My 10 month old has between 4 and 5 bowel movements a day. Normal consistency (I think). Soft/Thick paste like? Sometimes he can have up to 6 or 7 nappies a day but I would say on average around 4 to 5. Is this not too much for this age? I know newborns have frequent bowel movements but I thought it decreases over the months and becomes normal 1 or 2 a day? My first child always battled with constipation and was not regular at all so now my second being so regular seems a little odd. He has been like this since a tiny baby. In fact, before he started solids he was a lot more frequent and would often have thick mucous in his stools but since starting solids he no longer has mucous stools. He eats very well and enjoys a balanced diet of all the food groups. He drinks about 500mls of formula a day and weighs 10.5kgs. Should his bowel movements start slowing down or is this normal?

Expert's Reply



Your baby son does have more stools every day than on average, which is about 2 per day. His weight is very good. You noticed that he had mucus in his stools when he was younger. This may have been due to a food intolerance such as dairy or wheat.You could try him on a wheat free diet for one week and see if his stools reduce in number. If not then carry on as before.

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