Normal defecation patterns in young healthy children vary by age, diet, and place of residence

Clinical Question

What are normal defecation patterns in healthy young children?

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It should come as no surprise that stool patterns in young infants and children vary by age, by diet, and by place of residence. The data in this study can be used to counsel parents about the wide range of normal patterns. 2a-

Study design: Meta-analysis (other)

Funding: Unknown/not stated

Setting: Various (meta-analysis)


Henry C. Barry, MD, MS
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

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Arup Kumar Dhara

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