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My six year old daughter has had diarrhea that looks like coffee grounds but isn't black and no stomach pain. Should I be worried?

My six year old daughter has had diarrhea that looks like coffee grounds but isn't black and no stomach pain. Should I be worried?

I would recommend: you contact her pediatrician to discuss and possibly have an exam if it continues. Watch for vomiting, fever, abdominal pain or blood in the stool. Is anyone else ill? Has she eaten any different foods? Traveled? These are all questions her doctor will want to know the answers to help figure out what's wrong. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Having diarrhea that is dark olive green w/ what looks like coffee grounds. Have an appt today. Should i be concerned?

Having diarrhea that is dark olive green w/ what looks like coffee grounds. Have an appt today. Should i be concerned?

Yes but..: A concern about upper GI bleeding is low. Coffee ground like matter in diarrhea is not the same as emesis. But let your doctor know. ...Read more

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I have cramps and diarrhea that was bloody but now looks like coffee grounds. Nasea but no vomiting. No fever?

I have cramps and diarrhea that was bloody but now looks like coffee grounds. Nasea but no vomiting. No fever?

Go to the ER!: Black coffee grounds in the stool or in vomiting are signs of fairly recent bleeding, usually in the upper digestive tract. Until the cause is determined, it should be treated as an emergency. You should go to the emergency room immediately. If you are too weak or lightheaded, do not try to drive, call for an ambulance. Do not delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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Woke with diarrhea today, took kaopectate, (kaolin and pectin) had water and banana. Was nauseous. Now my stool looks like Coffee grounds. Should I be worried. ?

Woke with diarrhea today, took kaopectate, (kaolin and pectin) had water and banana.
Was nauseous. Now my stool looks like
Coffee grounds. Should I be worried.
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Diarrhea: Dark, tarry stools can be worrisome. Diarrhea with nausea over 4 days see MD, over 3 episodes per day. What was your colonoscopy like at 50? If abdominal pain or cramping involved or left lower quadrant pain diverticular disease could be to blame if pain see MD ASAP. Need exam to look for blood in stool, see Gotham Medical Associates Gastroenterology Dr. Joseph Good luck. ...Read more

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My stomach has been sticking out far making me very uncomfortable for days today I have severe diarrhea and it's dark with what looks coffee grounds?

My stomach has been sticking out far making me very uncomfortable for days today I have severe diarrhea and it's  dark with what looks coffee grounds?

Investigate: You should see your doctor. Coffee grounds might suggest blood in the stool from a high up source in the intestinal tract. This needs investigation. Do not hesistate. Please see your doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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Diarrhea that has little solid chunks in it but also flecks, almost like coffee grounds - Almost. But normal light brown in color. Reason for concern?

Diarrhea that has little solid chunks in it but also flecks, almost like coffee grounds - Almost. But normal light brown in color. Reason for concern?

Be examined: with a stool analysis to sort out the cause of your diarrhea. A history of infectious contact, travel, fast food or recent use so antibiotics may help. Also a dietary history to see if there is a relationship to food. I think you are mainly concerned about blood and your doctor can check for presence or absence. All the best. ...Read more

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Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more