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what causes pellet stools?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Constipation?: Dry, hard pellets can often be consistent with constipation. Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible.

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Is something in my 9-month-old's diet causing him to pass very hard stools?

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Dr. Adam Naddelman
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Yes: A lot of 9 month old babies begin to rely more on food and less on liquid for their daily nutritional needs. Very often, a baby gets a bit constipated at 9 months due to a decrease in their fluid intake. Adding some extra formula, breast milk, water, or even water mixed with a small amount of prune juice or white grape juice can often solve this problem. If it persists, consult your doctor.
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What is normal baby poop?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Varies with age/food: The first couple days the poop is thick, dark and tarry. On day 3-5 of life poops generally change to yellow and seedy- this happens as your milk comes in. Poops will stay a liquid consistency until you introduce solids foods sometime between 4-6 months. Colors may range from brown to green to yellow. If your baby's poops are ever red, black or white call your pediatrician.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What's a stool culture and how do you obtain one?

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Dr. Marvin Den
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Stool sample: You would be given containers by a lab to collect stool, which would be tested for certain bacteria.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Got a bump when I poop. I don't think it's a hemorhoid, so what could it be?

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Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 30 years experience
Hemorrhoid or polyp?: "bumps" when having a bowel movement commonly are internal hemorrhoids that prolapse when straining. Sometimes a rectal polyp can prolapse as well, or even rectal tissue itself. Hemorrhoidal "tags" can also prolapse. This should be evaluated by a surgeon with either in office examination or even colonoscopy if there is blood on toilet paper during bowel movements.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

What causes hard pellet like stools with mucus ?

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Dr. Bert Bergland
Family Medicine 47 years experience
Constipation: Pellet-like stools with mucous sound pretty much like simple constipation. It is not the character of the stools so much as the reason you, at your age, should be having constipation. If it persists more than a few days, see your doctor. You can safely try OTC stool softeners and increased fluid intake in the meantime.

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