Digestion

Identify Abnormal Bowel Movements

Identifying abnormal bowel movements is not an easy task. First you will have to determine what normal bowel is for you. Example – a few people pass stool once a day normally, while a few others pass stool more than twice or thrice in a day on a normal basis. It is not possible to define what normal is and what abnormal bowel is for you? The signs which not considered usual or normal for your regular bowel movements are called abnormal bowel movements. The diet and lifestyle differ from person to person which affects the normal bowel movement. Mostly the children and the older ones are most common victims of abnormal bowel movements. The younger ones are more prone compared to the older ones.

Identification of Abnormal Bowel Movements

  • The most common signs of identifying abnormal bowel movements is by the frequency of occurrence. If a person passes stool for less than thrice a day to thrice in a week, then he is having abnormal bowel habits. He is said to be suffering from constipation. If a person passes stool more than thrice in a day, then he is said to be suffering from diarrhea.
  • You may also identify abnormal bowel habits by their texture. Hard, dry and painful passing of stool is considered as Constipation, while watery, loose and foul odor stool is considered as a sign of diarrhea.
  • The stool is normally observed to be brownish yellow, brown or golden brown in color. But a sudden change in the color can be a sign of wrong food intake, food intolerance, colon cancer leading to bleeding in the stomach. The stool may be found to occur as bloody stool, red or maroon colored stool, green stool, black and tarry stool.

Instructions to identify abnormal bowel movements

The following steps will help you in recognizing if you are passing normal or abnormal bowel.

  • Color of stool –

    • Check the stool color. Mark if the stool is gray or pale-colored (similar to clay), this might be a sign of problem within the digestive tract.
    • Look for blood in the stool or if the stool appears black, red or maroon in color.
    • In any of the above case, go for a medical check up immediately.
    • Injury or bleeding within the digestive tract is mostly the reason of change in color of stool like black or red or maroon.
  • Consistency of stool –

    • The stool is believed to have a consistency similar to peanut butter on a normal basis.
    • Look if your feces are too hard and dry or excessively loose and watery.
    • Your stool must pass easily.
    • Normal stools are large, fluffy and tend to float.
    • Lack of fibre intake or fluids, problems with digestive absorption often result in dry and hard stools.
    • Bacterial infections, viral issues and problems with digestive absorption cause watery stools.
  • Shape of stool –

    • Healthy and normal bowels will have a curve to them and are thick and large.
    • Blockage within the digestive tract or colon cancer can result in pencil-thin bowels.
  • Frequency of stool –

    • Change in the frequency of bowels can be a result of changing diets or medical conditions.
    • Sudden changes persisting for longer periods must not be ignored.

Treatment of Abnormal Bowel Movements

The prime causes of any abnormal occurrence of bowels are studied before taking up any kind of treatment. If you are prone to abnormal bowel movements, then its time for you to change you eating and living habits. You must refrain from processed, packaged and ready-made foods. Some kind of physical exercises must be done regularly. Try out some stress management tips to reduce your high stress level. Take a well-balanced diet. Include more fresh fruits, vegetables and drink lot of fluids. Stay away from caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Do not suppress the urge of passing stool. Seek medical advice immediately whenever any serious discomfort or prolonged abnormality is observed.

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