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Blood not normal: Bloody stools are not normal and should be evaluated by your doctor. Bright green poop may be caused by infection, excessive bilirubin, diet, or dyes in food. My son worried me when he had the most beautiful sea-foam green poop as a baby. We found out it was from his cousin's popcorn in the school colors-- blue and yellow. Regardless, you should see your doctor for an evaluation of the blood. ...Read more
I noticed some dark red substance mixed with my poop, however I didn't eat anything red and today was the second time it happened am I sick?
Noticed a black/darkbrown poop, mixed with light brown 50/50, not tarry. Not taking meds or supplements. Is this cause for alarm?
Not certain: Sometimes black stool is a sign of internal bleeding. It is difficult to tell whether this is the case just by your description. The stool should be evaluated to see if there is blood present. You need to be seen ASAP for this evaluation. Good luck ...Read more
My 3 year old daughter has been having orange colored poop mixed with brown for over a week. She's not eating many orange colored foods.?
Orange colored poop: It may be caused by beta carotene that can be found in your child's vitamins or a variety of foods ...Read more
Been constipated for a few days. Then had a slow hard poop and then watery poop with hard poop mixed with it. Is that a sign of constipation?
Could be: Could be constipation. Inrease fiber in your diet, try to have bowel movement on a regular basis, once daily or every other day. If still constipated with high- fibe diet you can try miralax (polyethylene glycol). See your doctor for a complete evaluation and treatment of this problem. ...Read more
Dark red blood when I go poop mixed in and falling from inside of the butt. Thin red worm looking things on toilet paper. Suggestions?
Yikes!: Are the thin red worm-looking things moving? You are bleeding from your colon. This could be an infection, or the beginnings of inflammatory bowel disease. Get care *immediately.* You need comprehensive lab work (CBC-d, autoimmune & coag panel, LFTs, stool culture & microscopy), preliminary imaging & most likely a colonoscopy. Practice thorough hand washing & check for similar symptoms in family. ...Read more
I have small black balls mixed in with my poop. Looks like raisins in light brown stool. What could be causing this?
Black pigment: Black pigment in stool can be due to blood from high in the digestive tract (stomach and duodenum) or medications like peptobismol or iron containing supplements. Light brown stool is usually associated with loose movements. Your physician can do an examination of a stool sample in the office and test it easily for hidden blood. ...Read more
What to if I am having trouble pooping, any suggestions on how to fix, or what maybe causing this?
Time to get help?: The average bowel frequency in america varies from 3 movements daily to 1 every 3-4 days. Whether you have colon inertia, rectal dyssynergia, partial obstruction (intrinsic or extrinsic), ischemic gut, metabolic "imbalance", irritable bowel syndrome, or some other disorder you should get checked & treated. Age, co-morbidities, longevity of symptoms may alter prognosis & treatment options. ...Read more
Diarrhea: Chronic diarrhea should be evaluated as to cause especially infection. It's common after bowel resection and gall bladder surgery. Antibiotics can actually lead to bacterial overgrowth & thus diarrhea which is treated w/yet another antibiotic. But only way to figure all this out is to go see your doctor. Also need to monitor hydration & fluid balance so you're not dehydrated. ...Read more
Color: What color do you expect it to be? Normally, it is dark because of the presence of bilirubin biproduct, stercobilin. I'd be concerned if it were "light", it then may signify a problem with your bile excretion. On the other hand, if it is liquid and black it may signal bleeding from your gastrointestinal tract that needs to be promptly evaluated. ...Read more
If constipated?: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active with regular exercise. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. ...Read more
Blue poop: Blue food coloring is a popular food additive, and when ingested in large quantities can make stools appear blue. Blue is not a pigment typically produced by the human GI tract. Blue is however the color that a hemoccult card will turn if blood is detected in stool--is this to what you are referring? ...Read more
Bristol stool scale: Not to get too graphic, but the bristol stool scale is a 1-7 that describes the types of stool. One is hard lumps and corresponds to very slow colon transit. Seven is watery and corresponds to fast transit. What you eat affects the stool speed and caliber. ...Read more
May be warning: If your bowel movements are a tarry black color, this may be a warning that you are bleeding somewhere in your GI tract. Blood turns to a tarry black as it moves through the intestines/colon. Sometimes, iron supplements will turn bms dark brown, even green. Blackberries may cause color changes; so can beets. And many are surprised to know peptobismol makes the stool black! Check with your doctor. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Yellowish, very soft: Babies older than a week should have yellowish poops with the thickness of mustard or thick spaghetti sauce. Breastfeeding babies can have even looser poops. Formula-fed babies have firmer poops, but poop that holds shape would be too firm for the first 3-4 months of life. Poop gets darker, with brown/green colors blended in, and also gets firmer, as a baby gets older. ...Read more
Diet & Meds: Foods that constipate you or medication/diseases that slow emptying of your bowels are common reasons for causing intestinal contents to bulk up and result in larger stools. Discuss with your pcp about whether laxatives, stool softeners, or changes to diet would be beneficial. ...Read more
Yellow, brown, green: Poop can be a blend of yellow, brown, and green colors. Babies older than a week usually have yellowish poops. Older kids tend to have brownish poops. Worrisome colors are red (blood), black (old blood), or grey/white (lacking in bile). A doctor should evaluate a child, if his or her poop is a worrisome color. ...Read more