How often should my toddler poop?

Charles I. Schwartz, MD
Pediatrics

Most toddlers should have a soft bowel movement every one to three days.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Toddlers' poop patterns vary in frequency; it's not uncommon for a child to go twice a day, or once every two or three days, or even just once or twice a week. It may still be mushy, or it may begin to appear more formed. What's important is that poop should come out smoothly, without excessive pain or strain.
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