Mireille Felicia. stools. January 16th , 2017.
Stool softeners for children should be used only under the guidance of a doctor. The dosage and the nature should be chosen according to the baby's age and his diet. In any case, do not give the medication to your child on your own.
Darkening of the stool, is pointing towards internal bleeding in the organs of upper gastrointestinal tract such as the stomach. However, in some cases, blood leaking from lower gastrointestinal tract can also cause stool to appear bright red or black.
Sometimes, the stool softener may loosen the bowels too much, so that it results in watery stool or diarrhea. This again, may lead to dehydration. Drinking adequate water may help cure the condition. However, you may take a physician's opinion on whether to continue the treatment or not.
It is seen that stool softeners are used in the long term treatment of constipation. The dose of the softeners given to the patient depends on his condition. In some cases, the dosage may have to be increased as well. However, it does not mean, that they should be consumed everyday. Once the problem is solved, the patient should go off the stool softeners. Absorption of mineral oil and some medications from the intestine is observed, when one consumes emollient laxatives. Absorption of mineral oil is not healthy for the body, as it can accumulate in the lymph nodes and liver, where it can give rise to inflammation. It is important that a stool softener is also not consumed with mineral oil or also with other prescription medications.
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