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A 18-year-old male asked:

does green loose stools associate with giardia?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Not necessarily.: An infection with giardia can present with diarrhea or constipation or neither. Stool color is not a reliable way to determine the organism responsible, if any. Only a test for parasites can do this, and it takes checking 3 stool samples, because the parasites may not be present in every stool. See your doctor and get tested.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Provided original answer
Thanks for the Thank You note! I hope you are better by now.
Feb 9, 2020
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Provided original answer
BTW, sometimes it can take 6 stool specimens to figure out whether a not there is a parasite present.
Feb 9, 2020

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Should my baby poop after every feeding?

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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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No: Stooling patterns for infants are very different from adults. Some newborns poop after every feed (yes that can mean 8 times a day!). Some breastfed babies, however, absorb all the nutrients in the milk and can go up to a week without a poopey diaper. As long as your baby is gaining weight well, his stool is soft, there's no blood in the diaper and the stool isn't a white color its probably ok.
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Can fruit juice cause my baby to have diarrhea? ?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Yes: Certain fruit juices contain a non-digestible type of sugar called "sorbitol". Sorbitol causes the intestines to pull water in to dilute the sugar. This process causes loosening of the stools. Juices that are high in sorbitol are prune, apple, and pear juice. Most babies do not need juice for nutritional reasons when they are young, though small amounts may be recommended in cases of constipation.
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What does normal newborn poop look like?

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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Mustard: Your newborn's first bowel movement, meconium, looks greenish black. Then, it can change to mustard or tan or greenish or brown. Normal poop should not look white, gray, bloody or black.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can gassiness and loose stools with no other symptoms mean gluten problem?

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Dr. Jennifer Frank
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: Gluten sensitivy and allergy (celiac disease) can cause a host of problems including GI symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating), rashes, headaches, blood in the stools, anemia, etc.
A 20-year-old female asked:

My 4 month old has seedy yellow poop and is puking what's wrong?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Poop is fine/?vomit: Yellow seedy poop would be declared "normal" baby poop/stool. No need to fret. Vomiting can still be a normal infant phenomena due to mild reflux. Check with your doctor to ensure the weight/growth is progressing in a normal fashion. Overfeeding with too large of a volume at one time may be the issue. Smaller amounts over a shorter period of time may help. Upright positioning after meals.

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