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A 33-year-old female asked:

Why is my 4 year olds poo green? for the past 2 days she's been going to the toilet a lot but hasn't complained of a stomach ache.

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 42 years experience
HARD TO SAY: It could be that she may be having rapid transit through the gut for some reason, perhaps a virus. It's possible she's been consuming some food product with green or blue food coloring. As long as she does not feel too poorly, and is taking in liquids and food, i wouldn't be too concerned. But, if it continues or she shows other signs of illness, see your doctor. Good luck.
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Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Green color is usually due to more bile in stool perhaps due to quicker transit time, wouldnt be concerned at least not if temporary
Jan 13, 2013
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris.It starts out a deep green & slowly changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile.Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs.
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