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can watermellon turn your poop red?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Possibly: Stool colors will vary dependent on the foods you eat as well as the amount. Keep a food diary and see if there is a correlation.

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What color poop is normal?

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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in General Practice
Most colors: Stool color changes with age and diet. Newborns have sticky black stools (called meconium) until about 4 days of life when the stool transitions to a yellow color. When you start introducing solids, stool color may change depending on what the baby ate. Black (older than newborn) and clay/white colors may indicate a problem. If you think there is blood in the stool you need to see a pediatrician.
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How much poop is normal?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Variable: Poop or stool is quite variable from one child to the next regardless of whether they're breast fed, bottle fed, or which formula they're on. Some babies poop with every feed, while some don't poop but for several days. As long as the stool is soft, normal, and they child is acting well and growing normally, it is probably ok. Always best to check with your pediatrician if you're not sure.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have yellow poop?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: The main agent adding color to the poo is the material made by the liver called bile. It starts out a dark green and goes thru the yellows to brown depending on the influences of various factors in the intestines. Rapid transit thru the system, as may occur with diarrhea or breast feeding may have a greenish yellow or yellow appearance. The slower, more likely browner.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you get sick from someone's poop fumes?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Smells strong but: Poop fumes can make us feel sick to our stomach but it can't make us actually sick. We get sick from the germs in poop, not by the smell of poop. Good question!
A 22-year-old member asked:

I always feel like I have to go to the restroom to poop, but when I do, nothing comes out. What can I do?

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Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Check up: This is called tenesmus, the false urge to have a bowel movement. The rectum responds to pressure and sends a signal that you need to defecate. Anything that causes pressure in the rectum will cause this signal. These include stool, enlarged hemorrhoids, polyps or tumors, inflammation of the rectal lining (proctitis). The safest thing to do is discuss this with your doctor.

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