My daughter is 2 years and 3 months old. Ever since ever she has had very unpredictable bowel movements - some days none, some days lots and lots; some hard and firm and some very loose.
When she was still exclusively breastfed they were all typical "BF poo" (very loose) but still unpredictable in quantity and frequency. Since she started on solid food they have been utterly unpredictable in all ways.
Possibly relevant facts:
- she is still breastfed at bed time and during the night and drinks whole cow's milk and water during the day
- she eats a wide variety of food and I have not been able to tie down any relationship between "input" and "output"
- she never seems to have any stomach discomfort or wind and is generally very cheerful and active
The combination of sometimes very big / very loose bowel movements makes us worry about having to go out with her at times when she seems to be "storing it up" - she can make the most gigantic mess.
I'm also concerned that when we start thinking about potty training (which we already are thinking about but haven't done anything about yet as she isn't really showing any signs of being ready) it might be hard for her to hold in these very large / loose poos until she can make it to a toilet / potty, and it will definitely be very hard indeed for her to learn to clean herself up.
She is my second child and although my older son had some variation in daily output (not like some children - or adults - you hear about who are utterly regular), she is in a different league.
[To avoid any worries that this is a medical question and should be addressed to a doctor - I'm currently keeping a diary noting input and output and intend to take her to the doctor once I have completed a month of logging. I'm asking here for likely possible diagnoses / further tests that the doctor might consider.]