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Question: 3 years old with 6 normal bowel movements daily

 yeungcheunga - Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:12 pm

Dear Doctor/ Healthcare professional,
My 3 years old daughter, healthy otherwise, alert and active; she has started to have 5 -6 times NORMAL bowel movements daily since one week ago. She did complain a little bit of tummy ache, but otherwise, she looks fine. Her stool is normal, usually more at the first time and afterward, it's just some small stool. All these years, she usually has her bowel movment once a day or once in 2 days. I am afraid of any type of colon problems: Cohn's disease or Ulcerative Colitis?? I do plan to take her to the doctor if this is continuing.
Thanks ahead for your suggestion/answer!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:41 pm

User avatar Hi Anna,

At 3 years old, an inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis is very unlikely. These tend to start occurring in the teenage years.

If her stools are normal and not diarrheal it is most likely that everything is fine. It may be that she has had a bit of a stomach bug that has caused her intestines to be moving a bit faster than normal. It may also simply be a learned habit to go to the bathroom more frequently.

I suspect that this will resolve itself over time. If she begins to have any other symptoms or if this persists it is certainly reasonable to discuss this with her doctor.

Best wishes.

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