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What does blue stool in children mean?

What does blue stool in children mean?

Ate something: Or drank something blue. That would be the most likely cause. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Hitchon
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Stool Withholding (Encopresis) (Definition)

Also known as paradoxical diarrhea, this condition occurs when children voluntarily or involuntarily refuse to have bowel movements. ...Read more


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What causes grey colored stool in children?

Food: The stool color is determined by the germs that live in the intestine and the foods and colors eaten. Gray is ok. ...Read more

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My 10 y.O. Complais that its hard to get his stool out. Is there a childrens laxative to soften it?

My 10 y.O. Complais that its hard to get his stool out. Is there a childrens laxative to soften it?

No laxative: There is a huge difference between laxatives and stool softeners. First, increase the fiber in child's diet and how much water child drinks daily. If you have tried this and stool still hard, then stool softeners such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) can be helpful. Steer clear of actual laxatives - these can cause more problems than they solve. ...Read more

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I often don't have BMs on the weekends because I'm so busy taking care of my small children. When I finally have a BM on Monday, it's often harder in texture and streaked with mucus. Some of the mucus is orangish. Otherwise, my stools are normal.

I often don't have BMs on the weekends because I'm so busy taking care of my small children. When I finally have a BM on Monday, it's often harder in texture and streaked with mucus. Some of the mucus is orangish. Otherwise, my stools are normal.

All expected: The large intestine is just a storage/drying area. If/when you retain stool, it will become more dried out,bulky & harder to pass. You may see blood or mucus in the process. Your body thrives on regular rhythms. You should schedule time to take a dump between your other pursuits before this created diverticulitis or other bowel complications. ...Read more

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Loose stools in children. Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Loose stools in children.  Would a disease or just random loose poops w/o reasons be the likely cause?

Most often dietary: Most often just random event due to dietary changes - if chronic or have blood see your doctor. ...Read more

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Frequent pasty stool in children my 6 yr old grandaughter has had this ever since i can remember. Along with white on her tongue, and bad breath.

Frequent pasty stool in children
my 6 yr old grandaughter has had this ever since i can remember.
Along with white on her tongue, and bad breath.

Go see her doctor.: If it has been going on for a long time why are you concerned all of a sudden? She needs to be checked by her pediatrician to know if is a problem or not. When was the last time if ever that she saw her dentist for a checkup and tooth cleaning and Fluoride treatment? ...Read more

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What cause stomach aches and mucous in stool in children ?

What cause stomach aches and mucous in stool in children 
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Depends...: A lot of things, ranging from a minor viral syndrome to a more serious gastrointestinal disorder (colitis). Mucousy stools could be colitis, or inflammation of the colon. Is blood present in the stools? Bacterial colitis may require antibiotics. Call your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How to soften Stools?

How to soften Stools?

No other disease?: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful medication too. Exercise also helps. ...Read more

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Why is my stool green?

Why is my stool green?

Likely: Eating anything could affect the color and character of your stools. ...Read more

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What causes thin stool?

What causes thin stool?

Usually: Something in the lower colon or rectum would be the cause, either stricture, tumor or hemorrhoids. Any change in caliber of stools needs to be evaluated by a colorectal surgeon, sooner rather than later. Some type of scoping depending on your history would be the next step. ...Read more

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Is soft stool healthy.

Is  soft stool healthy.

Can be: Soft stool can be a healthy finding. However, soft stool does not exclude the presence of other abnormalities, such as occult blood in the stool. ...Read more

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Why is my stool so dark?

Several possibilitie: Stool can be dark from iron pills pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or foods like spinach. Black tarry stools may indicate bleeding from the stomach area and should be checked right away. ...Read more

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Darker than normal stool.

Depends: If melena (black, tarry) this may represent bleeding. Otherwise likely a consequence of what you consumed. ...Read more

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How I do soften my stools?

How I do soften my stools?

Stool softener/fiber: First, be sure you are staying well-hydrated with a good intake of water or other fluids. Adequate fiber in the diet is also important to keeping the stool soft. If these things are not enough then a stool softener such as docusate sodium can be used. ...Read more

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What can cause dark stool?

What can cause dark stool?

Diet, blood: Stool will vary from light to dark depending upon the diet. Diets rich is red meat for instance will darken the stool color. If there is GI bleeding then the stool may become black. This requires evaluation by your gastoenterlogist as the source of the bleeding must be discovered and corrected. ...Read more

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What does blue stool mean?

What does blue stool mean?

Ate blue food...: Blue stool probably means you ate or drank something with blue pigments or blue food coloring. ...Read more

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Why is my stool dark green?

Why is my stool dark green?

Dietary sources: often time dark green stools are the result of diet. foods that have blue in them such as blueberries or other blue food coloring can cause dark green stools. If this persists after eliminating this from your diet then you may want to consider seeing a medical professional ...Read more

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What makes your stool green?

What makes your stool green?

Bile: The greenish color in stool is the breakdown product of the bile when it has not been in the gut long enough to go through a change to yellowish or brown. It is normal as is the loose consistency. Some digested material will take on a darker tint than others & the germs in the gut will also impact the final product. I'd ignore the whole issue. ...Read more

Feces (Definition)

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