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10 yr old has been c/o llq abd pain. after eval by md, gave her metamucil 4-6 oz, then 4 hr later had a bm that was brown soft with red mucous neg ob?

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Food dyes: can often cause the stool to have a red color that resembles blood but would give a negative test for occult blood. Metamucil works as a gel to hold moisture. If diarrhea stools, it can help to thicken them, if dry, hard and constipated, it can pull water into the stool and make it a little softer.
Answered on Sep 29, 2014

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