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Abnormal Bowel Movements

Abnormal Bowel Movements

The definition of a normal bowel movement varies with each person in terms of number and consistency. This article provides some information about the signs of an abnormal bowel movement which would help one understand this condition better.
Ningthoujam Sandhyarani
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2018
Abnormal bowel movements are an umbrella term for signifying several signs that is not regular or ordinary. Considering the fact that the diet plan and lifestyle habits differ from one person to another, any bowel movement sign that is not ordinary for the individual is considered abnormal. This problem is equally observed amongst children and adults, though younger ones are more susceptible to it than the older people.
In order to identify this condition, one needs to go through the signs of a normal bowel movement, which vary significantly for each individual. Here is an example; passing stool once is normal for some people, whereas for others, the frequency of bowel movements is two or more per day. Thus, there is no actual definition for the ideal number of bowel movements that should be considered as normal.
Nature
While discussing more about the frequency of bowel movements, the number ranging from three times daily to three times a week is considered normal. To be more precise, an individual passing stools more than thrice a day and that too watery indicate a diarrhea condition. On the contrary, less number of bowel movements or thrice a week, while passing hardened stools is a symptom of constipation.
Usually, the first thing that comes to everyone's mind about abnormal bowel movement problems is constipation and/or diarrhea. While constipation results in painful bowel movements along with excess gas formation, diarrhea leads to frequent passing of watery stool. And normal bowel movements are those wherein the stools are able to pass out without straining, and are soft and similar to the shape and size of a sausage. Very thin or narrow stools may be a sign of a digestive health problem or colon cancer. Nevertheless, some people tend to have softer or hard bowel movements.
In terms of the normal color, the stool should be brownish-yellow, brown, or golden brown. Sudden change in the color, size, shape, consistence, and frequency of stool indicates an abnormal condition. Likewise, a bloody bowel movement is a common symptom of hemorrhoids. Such problems in children are very difficult to identify. This is mainly because the recommended interval between two defecation vary, depending upon the age and the regular diet of the child. In adults who are in their 50s, this condition should be taken seriously.
Some Tips
For nearly all cases of disturbed bowel movement, a poor diet (lacking in fiber) and sedentary lifestyle are the main causes. Thus, people who are prone to constant incidences of this condition should refrain from ready-made and processed foods. Also, they should perform regular physical activities and try stress management tips.
On a conclusive note, healthy maintenance of the digestive system and consuming a well-balanced diet, enriched with fruits and vegetables would help in combating this condition. Furthermore, one should not delay in having bowel movements, especially when one feels the urge to pass stool. Seek the doctor's advice for the treatment in cases of serious and prolonged symptoms. Following the aforementioned tips might prove beneficial to avoid this condition and maintain one's overall health in the long run.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.