Why Doctors Ask Us to Look at Poo
Updated: Apr 11
Although it is not what most of us would choose to do, looking at and smelling poo is one of the best ways to assess the health of the digestive system.
Poo comes in all shapes, sizes and smells and it says a lot about health so keep an eye on it!
Small, hard and difficult to push out - sounds like your constipated.
A floater - often difficult to flush away. Drink more. If this continues tell your GP - it's a common problem buty check it out.
Stinky Poo - this can be a sign of poor digestion. Food has been sitting around for too long. Get more exercise. Keep off the junk food.
Skiddy Poo - leaves marks on the loo. Very normal but eat more fibre.
Diarrhoea - an uncontrollable need to go to the loo. Water poo. You can become dehydrated very quickly so it is very important to drink fluid and in the instance of an ileostomy always replace losses to prevent dehydration and loss of salt. Read this blog...
Keeping a log of a child’s sensations, pains and toilet times as well as the consistency of their poo is a very useful diagnostic tool for their health carers.
- A baby’s first poo is black. It is called ‘meconium’ and is a sign that their digestive system is working.
- Mucus in poo accompanied by a fever is generally the sign of an infection. If this doesn’t clear within a couple of days, or if it increases and there is blood in the poo, you should seek medical advice.
- Poo floats usually because it is full of trapped air.
- A pale, floating, smelly and greasy poo can be a sign that nutrients are not being processed and absorbed properly. If this is an ongoing issue it needs to be reported to your consultant who may recommend dietary changes or order blood and stool tests and prescribe antibiotics for bacterial infections.
- Lumpy bits in poo is not a problem, it is just indigestible food like sweetcorn. In fact you can use sweetcorn and beetroot to time how quickly food is moving through your gut!