Smelly bowel movement

All bowel movement is smelly; the final stage of the digestive process consists in the elimination of the food waste after food has been decomposed under the action of the digestive juices and the bacteria in the intestines. The odor as such comes from the action of these microorganism that decompose the food, and give away gas. As a general rule, there is no need to worry about a smelly bowel movement.

Changes of the smelly bowel movement   

There are often cases when a change in the smell of the stool is a sign of illness, and the most obvious modifications occur in baby bowel movement. Mothers are the first to notice when the stool changes either because of the introduction of a certain food, or due to a bacterial infection. If the cause of the smelly bowel movement is an infection, other symptoms will also be present: diarrhea, vomiting and even blood in the stool.

When to take action against smelly bowel movement

It is worth mentioning the fact that the stool can be more smelly when you change something in diet. Certain foods are more likely to cause unpleasant stools: beans, peas, cauliflower and even potatoes. If the smell persists even if you had the same type of food you always do, talk to the health care provider to learn what could be done under the circumstances.