stools. Thursday , February 16th , 2017 - 12:25:06 PM
The main black stool cause is bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, particularly in the esophagus and stomach of the digestive system. As the partially digested food particles pass through the bleeding sites, they carry blood along with them. By the time, the indigestible particles are expelled as feces, the blood is already oxidized, resulting in black or tarry stool.
It is perfectly safe to use stool softeners for the young ones, provided, you use them under the supervision of a pediatrician. This is important to avoid the possible side effects. Many people start using stool softener, but as soon as the child begins to have normal bowel movements, immediately cease to use it. This often leads to recurrence of the problem. Unlike adults, children are least likely to become addict to laxatives, hence, it is alright to continue the stool softener for 6 to 8 months. Once the child resumes his normal bowel movements, go on reducing the dosage, instead of stopping it abruptly.
Light-green colored stool may be because of excess amount of bile juice in the feces. This is not an unusual condition, until the frequency increases. In case of dark green stool, it is observed mostly in babies and toddlers. Other probable causes are too many greens in diet, less absorption of nutrients by the digestive tract, presence of bacteria, and medicine effect.
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