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Stool Abnormality in Children Overview

Another name for Stool Abnormality in Children is Abnormal Appearing Stool in Children.

What is abnormal appearing stool in children?
A child with abnormal appearing stool has an unusual change in the color or shape of the stool. Red stool or black stool may be a sign of blood in the stool, while green or yellow stool (that contains mucus) may represent an intestinal infection. In most cases, green stool is related to something in the diet, such as vegetables, vitamins, or supplements.

What are the symptoms of abnormal appearing stool in children?
Common symptoms of abnormal appearing stool in children include a change in the color, shape, consistency, presence of mucus, and a change in the size of the stools. Some stools may appear greasy and float due to a high fat content. Other important features include the timing and frequency of the bowel movements themselves. Associated symptoms may include abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, and unintentional weight loss.

How does the doctor treat abnormal appearing stool in children?
It depends on the underlying cause. In most cases, this condition goes away by itself. A child with abnormal appearing stools that are black or bloody should to be evaluated by a doctor.

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Last Updated: Feb 3, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Stool Abnormality in Children References
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