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My two year old has had black tar like poop the past two days. He has no fever. ?

My two year old has had black tar like poop the past two days.  He has no fever.  ?

Black tarry stool: This may be an emergency. We describe GI bleeding when one has dark black and tarry stools with a bowel movement. Please get your child to their health car provider asap. ...Read more

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I pooped black tar like poop and have serious back pain and pain going down the right side down to my abdominal area! why could this be? What do I do?

I pooped black tar like poop and have serious back pain and pain going down the right side down to my abdominal area! why could this be? What do I do?

When to go to ER?: It sure sounds like you should be in the emergency room today or at the very least at your family physician's clinic. Gi bleeding can be life threatening. If you are having pain on top of that it sure makes me want to call 911 for you. ...Read more

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This is kinda weird but why is my poop black like tire?

This is kinda weird but why is my poop black like tire?

NOT good if melena: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums. Stop any nsaid's you're taking, ; call your doctor right away 4 evaluation. ...Read more

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My son has weird black balls in his poop. Kinda looks like a tadpole. He's 5. Should I take him in?

My son has weird black balls in his poop. Kinda looks like a tadpole. He's 5. Should I take him in?

Tadpole poop: In near 20 years of seeing kids and parents, this is the first time I've heard of poop looking like tadpoles! If he is overall well, eating well, stools are regular without pain, no abdominal pain and growing well, I think there is nothing to be concerned about. Black tarry stools are a concern, indicative of a GI bleed, but small black tadpole poop is probably ok. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it normal to poop black?

Is it normal to poop black?

It depends: If you took Bismuth Subsalicylate (pepto-bismol), your stools often turn black. Iron supplements may also cause dark stools. Black stools (melena) can also be a sign of blood from an upper GI bleed (ex. Bleeding stomach ucler). See your doctor! ...Read more

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Black poop? Is something wrong?

Black poop? Is something wrong?

?melena: Black stools may be a sign of melena or blood in your stool. Have this checked out asap by a dr. Good luck. ...Read more

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Whats wrong if my poop is black?

Whats wrong if my poop is black?

Depends: Dark stools may be caused by digested blood from a stomach bleed. A test for fecal occult blood should answer this. Some foods like blueberries or meds like pepto-bismol can also darken stools. See your doc and share any symptoms you have so you can get a good workup. ...Read more

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Whats wrong if you have black poop?

Whats wrong if you have black poop?

Black poop: Black poop can be due to bleeding in the upper GI tract, including esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine. Blood can look like tar after it has been exposed to the digestive juices as it passes through the intestines. Iron pills, pepto-bismol, and certain foods like blueberries and black licorice could make your stools black. It is in your best interest to go see a doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my poop is black?

What does it mean when my poop is black?

Black "poop": Generally three things can cause black stools---taking iron tablets, peptobismol, or bleeding in your stomach. A lot of green veggies can also but not black in color. If you feel sick or weak seek medical care. ...Read more

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What causes poop to be coal black and sticky?

What causes poop to be coal black and sticky?

This may be due: To GI bleeding. Melena is black, tarry ; malodorous stool. Medications containing bismuth (i.e., pepto bismal) can turn stool black and can foods or supplements that are high in iron. Please seek medical evaluation promptly. ...Read more

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