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I recently started having some loose stools that are black. I don't take iron or anything. I have ate a lot of salad lately. Not sure what's wrong?

I recently started having some loose stools that are black. I don't take iron or anything. I have ate a lot of salad lately. Not sure what's wrong?

Stools that are black: Green Food may be moving through the large intestine too quickly, such as due to diarrhea. As a result, bile doesn't have time to break down completely. Green leafy vegetables, green food coloring, such as in flavored drink mixes or ice pops, iron supplements. Light-colored, white or clay-colored A lack of bile in stool. This may indicate a bile duct obstruction. Certain medications, such as large doses of bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol) and other anti-diarrheal drugs. ...Read more

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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Iron tablets giving me bad stomach cramps and loose stools. Is this normal and when should it pass ?

Iron tablets giving me bad stomach cramps and loose stools. Is this normal and when should it pass ?

Common side effect: What you are experiencing are common side effects of oral iron. You may try a different preparation. If you can not tolerate oral iron talk to your doctor about taking it intravenously. Intravenous treatment can be done in one sitting. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Can certain formulas cause diarrhea?

Can certain formulas cause diarrhea?

Yes: If all babies were just alike there would be only one infant formula. Yet everyone knows that babies are born with differences; this can extend into tolerance or intolerance of infant formula. Perhaps the most common are cow milk protein allergy and lactose intolerance. While not exactly the same, symptoms of increased gasiness, colicky pain, and diarrhea are common hallmarks of these disorders. ...Read more

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Why does just 1 cup of cow milk, and lactose free milk cause my son instantly constipated, but cow base toddler formula causes diarrhea after 1 cup.

Why does just 1 cup of cow milk, and lactose free milk cause my son instantly constipated, but cow base toddler formula causes diarrhea after 1 cup.

Wrong Statement:: I think, your statement is over exaggerated. In reality it doesn't happen. Anyways, take your child to his pediatrician and explain in front! diarrhea can be instant by definition, constipation is not. ...Read more

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4 year old has had persistant diarrhoea but now constipated for past week. Cough, sore thigh, blood test shows low iron and mild eosinophilia. Causes?

4 year old has had persistant diarrhoea but now constipated for past week. Cough, sore thigh, blood test shows low iron and mild eosinophilia. Causes?

Multiple: Frequently kids with constipation have diarrhea as loose stool works around the area of hard stool. However eosinophilia is connected with parasite infections which can also cause diarrhea. Low iron levels could mean she is loosing blood in her stool a sign of inflammatory bowel disease. It sounds like your provider is doing the work-up. Be sure to continue to follow-up. ...Read more

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My 4 week formula fed baby has had watery green blowout diarrhea? What's wrong?

My 4 week formula fed baby has had watery green blowout diarrhea? What's wrong?

Change the milk: If your newborn is drinking a cow milk formula, then the milk may be the culprit. If this is a chronic problem review the symptoms with your doctor as well as the infant's weight. Another possibility is a virus which will resolve but keep your infant hydrated and review the symptoms with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is materna brand formula good?or does it make sense that my baby is not good with it?hes been having terrible diarrhea on both the dairy and soy

Is materna brand formula good?or does it make sense that my baby is not good with it?hes been having terrible diarrhea on both the dairy and soy

Which one: There are many brands of materna formula, there is vegetarian, there is materna sensitive, materna good night rice and materna dairy. You should discuss your childs diarrhea with your pediatrician. He needs to know, the number of stools, consistency, frequency etc. You pediatrician will work with you to choose the appropriate formula. Breast milk is best. Consider breast feeding if not too late. ...Read more

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Hi, my son has been having diarrhea on and off for almost two and a half weeks and has mucus in it. He is three months, he is on formula gentleease. ?

Hi, my son has been having diarrhea on and off for almost two and a half weeks and has mucus in it. He is three months, he is on formula gentleease. ?

Need more info: Infants can have very frequent and loose BM's and be completely healthy, but if this is a change in BM habit and it started with vomiting, it may be the residual of a viral infection. If he was on antibiotics, he may have altered his normal gut bacteria, & may benefit from probiotics intended for infants. If there is blood in the stool or if his appetite is down,, check with his docto. ...Read more

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Is it ok to treat infant diarrhea with soy formula?

Is it ok to treat infant diarrhea with soy formula?

Yes: Soy formula is free of the lactose sugar that many infants with diarrhea can't digest well for several days. Some do better on this.I also use applesauce and bananas to help them firm up. ...Read more

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If 7mo is back to drinking her formula and her diarrhea is decreasing/getting better, do I need to keep re-infusing her with Pedialyte?

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If 7mo is back to drinking her formula and her diarrhea is decreasing/getting better, do I need to keep re-infusing her with Pedialyte?

No, You don't need.: If your child is tolerating formula with decreasing frequency of diarrhea, he is recovering from the insult and you could gradually feed formula in normal manner. ...Read more

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6mo old had diarrhea a few times today & doesn't want to eat. She only ate 16oz of formula today;usually has 30oz & veggies. Acting normal. Is it ok?

6mo old had diarrhea a few times today & doesn't want to eat. She only ate 16oz of formula today;usually has 30oz & veggies. Acting normal. Is it ok?

Mild infection: may want to use some pedialyte to settle the stomach rather than formula. stop the formula for 24 hrs but continue the solids as long as there is no vomiting this is ok and should resolve slowly ...Read more

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8 month old formula fed baby is having yellow foul smelling seedy diarrhea for the past two days, no other symptoms. What should I do?

8 month old formula fed baby is having yellow foul smelling seedy diarrhea for the past two days, no other symptoms. What should I do?

Viral diarrhea: often babies will catch a virus that manifests itself as only a changed stool. This sounds like typical virally-induced stool change. I would continue the formula for now, but change the baby's solid foods to only binding foods like rice cereal, bananas and applesauce. If the baby still continues with these symptoms for more than 4 days, gets fever or vomiting, you should see a doctor in person ...Read more

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Switched my 4 month old to regular formula from soy on jan 11 and he still has diarrhea, his normal poops have yet to return. Is he ok?

Switched my 4 month old to regular formula from soy on jan 11 and he still has diarrhea, his normal poops have yet to return. Is he ok?

Formula: Why did you change formula? I usually will tell parents to give their baby soy formula when they have diarrhea. I also recommend probiotics to help alleviate the diarrhea. ...Read more

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If i'm feeding my 4 month old every 1.5 hours does he need to go to rice? He still has diarrhea from switching from soy 2 regular formula weeks ago

If i'm feeding my 4 month old every 1.5 hours does he need to go to rice? He still has diarrhea from switching from soy 2 regular formula weeks ago

Rice cereal: The current thinking is that it may be better to wait until closer to 6 months before starting solids/rice cereal. Normal baby stools should be the consistency of peanut butter, or even thinner. When you do start rice cereal, opt for brown rice cereal, which is made from the whole rice grain. ...Read more

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My 9 month old, formula fed son has had diarrhea for 4days. Unsure if gastro or reaction to food given at childcare. Would lactose-free formula help?

My 9 month old, formula fed son has had diarrhea for 4days. Unsure if gastro or reaction to food given at childcare. Would lactose-free formula help?

Sometimes: One of the first effects diarrhea can have is to reduce a babies ability to absorb lactose. Sometimes a lactose formula for a week or so will allow the gut to stabilize and return to normal absorption. ...Read more

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My son is 5 mo. Vomitting and diarrhea all day. Nurse said pedialyte every 5 min for 4 hours. No formula. If vomitting cont another 4 hrs. Is this ok?

My son is 5 mo. Vomitting and diarrhea all day. Nurse said pedialyte every 5 min for 4 hours. No formula. If vomitting cont another 4 hrs. Is this ok?

Dehydration: Less than 5 wet diapers in 24 hours in a baby is suggestive of dehydration, which babies do not tolerate well. If oral rehydration with an electrolyte solution does not increase urination frequency shortly, emergent evaluation by you physician or an emergency facility is in order. ...Read more

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I breastfed for 6 wks, then soy formula until he was 3 months. Now he is on reg infant formula and has diarrhea. Is he ok? Was it bad to switch?

I breastfed for 6 wks, then soy formula until he was 3 months. Now he is on reg infant formula and has diarrhea. Is he ok?  Was it bad to switch?

Ok relative to what?: If the diarrhea is not a big volume its unlikely to hurt baby. Are things like juices or foods really to blame for the runs instead?While your child may not have a true cow milk allergy or intolerance, something in the product may not agree with him. Soy is an adequate formula for the first yr so unless u are cool with the runs, i'd go back to soy. ...Read more

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My son has been having diarrhea for a few days and throws up his milk the teacher at his nursery told me to give him pedialyte only and no formula unt?

My son has been having diarrhea for a few days and throws up his milk the teacher at his nursery told me to give him pedialyte only and no formula unt?

Pedialyte: is the choice to replace the electrolytes that he is losing it when he has diarrhea and vomiting. this probably is a virus that has caused it during diarrhea the intestinal villi lose their lining and cannot absorb lactose in the milk.and this worsens the symptoms pedialyte ONLY for 24 hrs will rest the gut then you can restart feeding slowly ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

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