Bowel frequency in healthy children

Acta Paediatr Scand. 1989 Sep;78(5):682-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1989.tb11126.x.


Bowel frequency was recorded, on a diary sheet basis, in 662 children from six Italian cities. There is a wide interindividual variability, showing a sharp decrease with age; we report the distribution of the percentiles in the different age groups. Among infants, the breast-fed ones pass significantly more stools than the formula-fed.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Defecation*
  • Gastrointestinal Motility
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Food
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Italy
  • Multicenter Studies as Topic
  • Reference Values
  • Time Factors