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what causes black stool in toddlers

A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Marged
43 years experience Family Medicine
Blood: Black stools or melena, is always considered blood. It usually comes from the stomach or the beginning parts [higher up in our jargon] of the small in ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Sometimes it is: caused by things like iron supplementation or Peptobismal. If there is black, tarry malodorous stool it could be GI bleeding and should prompt medical ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Melena ?: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly sug ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Variable: But most concerning is a bleeding site in the upper GI tract which turns black when exposed to gastric acids. This can progress very rapidly to a very ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
21 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Stool appearance: The color of one's stools often has little significance. The exception is that of having dark, nearly black colored stools. Bleeding in the upper GI ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Food: The stool color is determined by the germs that live in the intestine and the foods and colors eaten. Gray is ok.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
IBS & dietary : Imbalances (too much fermentation created gas) in diet and ibs in general can do that. Lactose intolerant people might see that. I don't know if it is ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Possibly: Due to blood, iron, bismuth meds or certain foods.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Greasy vs. mucusy?: Are you seeing oily stools with floating oil droplets (which implies fat maldigestion from use of dietary fat blockers, pancreatic and/or biliary dise ... Read More
A 10-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Geary
29 years experience Pediatrics
Multiple: Many times if the child is constipated there will be a bit of blood from an anal fissure ( cut) . Sometimes it may mean some viral infection. Sometime ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Seeds, blood...: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly sug ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scot Lewey
36 years experience Gastroenterology
Bile: Bile secreted by the liver and reabsorbed in intestine to be recycled through the liver is the chief contributing factor to green color of stool. Havi ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Seeds, blood...: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly sug ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
Bacteria: The type of bacteria in baby's stool and the speed at which the stool travels through the colon.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
See below: It can be related to what the child is eating. And, if the stool passes through the intestinal tract quicker, it will be green.
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A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Slade Suchecki
17 years experience Family Medicine
Many reasons: There are many causes of blood in the stool. This is reason for evaluation by your primary care physician or in cases with sigificnt bleeding to get e ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Not always diarrhea: Stool texture (regardless of volume or frequency of movements) is defined by the bristol stool scale (bss), which ranges from 1 (hard, pellet stool) t ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Dark stool: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly sug ... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Medicinal iron: Possibly due to iron tablets.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olakitan Akinjagunla
Specializes in Internal Medicine
???: Diet is a probable culprit but anyone can have a source of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Hemorrhoids: Usually but can be many other things including infection, inflammatory bowel disease and tumors, both benign and malignant. See a colorectal surgeon s ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
A lot of things: Many things can cause blood in the stool (i presume you talk about bright red blood and not black tarry stools) including simple things like hemorrhoi ... Read More

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