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  • Kelly Goorts

7 Types of Poop and why they are important

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

If you are a parent or in the health care field already, you probably talk about poop more than you ever thought you would. I know when I made the career change, I initially thought it was strange how often we were learning about bowel movements. However, the more I learned the more I understood the importance of them.

Why I ask you about your Poop

During an initial intake or even follow-up appointments, your bowel movements are something I will ask you about. Your answers tell me a lot in regards to what is happening inside your body, especially how your digestive system is working.

Some adults have a norm of going every few days but ideally, you should be going 1 to 3 times a day, with a smooth sausage like poop that is easy to pass without any trouble.

The Bristol Stool Chart was created in 1998 to help health care professionals be on the same page when describing and understanding your bowel movements.

Take a look below at the infographic to help you understand your poop and what it means.

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