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Acholic Stools Toddler
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. ...Read more
See your doctor: While most bouts of loose stool are innocent in this age group, if it's prolonged, it warrants a visit to the doctor for an exam and some tests. ...Read more
Blood in stool: The most common reason a toddler would have blood during stooling is due to the passage of hard, constipated stools. Softening the stool usually resolves this. If her stools are normal, the blood could be a sign of a food allergy. There would also be mucous and episodic loose stools. A more rare cause would be inflammatory bowel disease. Stool & blood tests can distinguish these causes. ...Read more
Is it normal to have black flakes mixed throughout stool in toddler? Still otherwise normal. Hemocult neg a few months ago. Still worried.
Black stool flakes: These flakes may be normal if you are breastfeeding and you are getting blood mixed in with the breas milk. It could be something in baby food as well. However, are you breastfeeding and have you experienced nipple cracking and bleeding. Keep the pediatrician in the loop however and report any changes at all. ...Read more
If a toddler had "coffee grounds" stool, would it be obvious? Would the entire stool have the appearance of grounds or a few pieces mixed into stool?
Coffee ground stool: Coffee ground stool in a toddler can have an entire stool of coffee grounds as well as having coffee grounds mixedin the stool. ...Read more
Would long little pieces of what looks like thread in stool possibly be worms in a toddler? What would worms look like? We got kittens, just concerned
Pinworms/threadworms: Pinworms are white thread like parasites that can live in the large intestines. They only affect humans so kitty is not involved. Kids are exposed to the pinworms through eggs shed by other kids in their play areas. These make it onto their fingers and are ingested, traveling inside where they hatch. Your doc can confirm the diagnosis and guide you with treatment. ...Read more
Possible ingestion.: It sounds like either pieces of partially digested food, if there was something white he/she ate...or possibly a foreign body that he/she ingested. It is possible that they are pieces of medication. You should call your doctor to see if he/she needs to be checked. Also, look around the house for white substances and open pill bottles and let your doctor know about those also. ...Read more
Have seen: The bad answer would be from old blood in the stool. The probable answer would be from eating or drinking purple or dark blue foods and drinks, light grape juice, purple colored medications, etc. So to check for the bad answer see the doctor. ...Read more
Probably viral: 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. ...Read more
My toddler has black flecks or dots in stool sometimes. Should I worry about blood or is it probably food he ate like raisins, etc?
See below: This ia a problem that is best solved by a visit to his/her doctor. Only through a thorough evaluation can a root cause be discovered and an appropriate therapeutic plan implemented. ...Read more
Are small black flecks in toddler stool usually just food, or something to worry about. Doesn't eat bananas.
Toddler (2 y-male) with green soft stool with dark green small filaments. Symptom: loss of appetite (5 days) hasn't eat anything green nor with dye?
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. If worried about something else schedule a visit. ...Read more
My 15mths old toddler is having loose stools (not exactly diarrhoea) for almost 3 weeks now. He is not teething and not being sick. Diet hasn't changed?
Read on: If it is just soft stools no blood or mucous amd he is well, spmetes the teeth might be tracking down his gums not breaking thru, hei mightbe drooling alot or hand iin mouth alot, slow down on juices or sweet drinks only 4 to 6 oz a day keep a food diary and if it continues see your dr. ...Read more
At what age should a child/toddler digest veggies? (as opposed to seeing recognizabke pieces in stool) (chewed pieces, but carrots, peas, spinach leaf
Vegetables: A baby can eat pureed peas and carrots as early as three months. ...Read more
My toddler has long (maybe 15cm), white worms in his stool. He took albendazole on Sunday but the worms are still coming out live. Should I be worried?
Right treatment: White worms that grow to 15 cm or more are soil transmitted helminths (parasitic worms). Ascaris live in the intestines and Ascaris eggs are passed out in the feces of infected persons. Ascaris is caused by investing eggs, Toddler eating mud pies or uncleared food with soil still on the food. Symptoms can be light or heavy. Treatment is simple Albendazole dose 400mg PO x 1 dose with food. ...Read more
16 mon. Old son has frequent bouts of prolonged sticky foul smelling stool, and trouble digesting any milk including toddler formula. Why is this?
See below: There are a number of possibilities for the problems. The best rec is to see your doc and discuss this and if need be, see a peds GI specialist. ...Read more
Toddler has black flecks in stool sometimes. Sometimes constipated. Had hemocult test neg 2 month ago but I still worry its dry blood. Should I be?
Retest for blood: Retest probably nothing.Get a more detailed answer ›
My toddler's stool report. Help me out. Mucus = present blood = nil occult blood = positive rbcs = 8-10/hpf pus cells = 40-50/hpf (it was 10 before)?
Unlikely: Laxatives typically do not cause mucus in stool. It could be from another cause. ...Read more
My toddler was very constipated & we gave her a ped enema & she passed a large stool. She now has a fever of 100.8. Are the 2 related?
Unlikely: Even though a baby could get dehydrated after an aggressive enema, it is unlikely in this case because your child is well and drinking and eating normally. It is possible that she had a virus infection which might have aggravated the constipation. With or without the enema, she would have developed a fever. Should you need to give enema again, make sure she drinks lots of fluid ...Read more
Toddler has loose stools on and off for 2wks now. This happenes every few months. Acts normal, no fever, etc. Stool is light brown. Should I be worried?
Diarrhea: The stool color isn't worrisome, but if its been intermittent for a few months then needs more thorough evaluation. Could be toddler's diarrhea, maybe drinking too much juice and/or eating too many fruits. Possibly dairy related. Maybe just bad luck with infections. Besides a food restriction trial, he might need further evaluation through blood and stool. ...Read more
Should be normal: For someone with cystic fibrosis who has known pancreatic insufficiency, treatment with pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy should lead to normalization of stool consistency & frequency. For untreated patients, CF related malabsorption causes bulky, frothy, oily, exceptionally foul smelling stools that are more frequent and loose/watery (diarrhea-like). There is no characteristic color in CF pts. ...Read more
Green stool (thick pudding w black specs) in 18 mos toddler days after switching from cow's milk to soy milk?
My toddler fell on a stool and landed on the left side near her lower ribs...should I be worried about a ruptured spleen?
Ruptured Spleen: It usually takes quite a hit to cause such internal bleeding and falling off a kid stool should not be so forceful. Please see if anything more than a bruise, if large bruise or more pain lower abdomen than you would think or extreme tiredness, then take to ER ...Read more
Complicated GI toddler peg tube, one week on neocate juinor with prebiotic. Stools are now very dark, smelly, and semi loose. Normal?
Underlying condition: You obviously have a very complex toddler you are dealing with. I would be more suspicious of child's underlying problems and/or medications for the stool findings. While the neocate & probiotics could account for the loose stools, very dark and smelly is unusual but not impossible with these. Very dark makes me want ot check for blood in the stool. Also consider neocate with fiber instead. ...Read more