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Small Bowel Movements

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I know this sounds disgusting but, whenever I have a bowel movement, I produce multiple small things, rather than normal and larger size wastes. Why is this?
Signed: Small Bowel Movements

Dear Small Bowel Movements,


For the sake of sounding professional, we will refer to the "multiple small things" as stools. From your brief description, it is possible that you have been experiencing constipation. Constipation is the passage of small amounts of hard, dry stools, usually fewer than three times a week. People who are constipated may find it difficult and painful to have a bowel movement.


If you are not experiencing stomach pain or your appetite is not affected, then changing your diet ought to correct the problem. Adding fiber, fresh fruit and vegetables should provide relief.


If your stools appear to look like worms, then you will need to consult with your doctor. It is possible for humans to get worms and it needs to be treated with medication. You should also see your physician if there is no change in your bowel movement after changing your diet or you experience ongoing discomfort. Also if you see blood in your stool or bowel movements, you should check it out with a doctor soon.


If you live in northern New Jersey, and need to meet with a doctor, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center For Health at 973.889.6350 for an appointment.

Signed: TeenHealthFX