Mireille Felicia. stools. January 21st , 2017.
It is quite common in newborns and infants. Dark green stools are generally passed by newborn babies. These dark green stools are called meconium which consist of all the matter the fetus consumed in the womb like intestinal epithelial cells, mucus, amniotic fluid, lanugo, bile and water. This meconium is sterile and has no odor. Newborns pass meconium for a few days and then gradually pass yellow-green stools due to digestion of breast milk.
The most common cause for bloody stool is hemorrhoids, which may be internal type or external type. It is mostly observed at times of constipation. Stool with bright red color indicates bleeding in the rectum portion. The red color is an unoxidized blood, thus, suggesting that bleeding occurs immediately before the stool passes out. Another reason for blood in stool may be the consumption of beets and other red food items.
The stool color can help in the early detection of the disease, so it is very important to notice your stool. I know you must be considering it a nasty job but let me tell you one thing; noticing your stool color will not cost you anything but not noticing your stool color can cost you your life. So, the decision is yours.
Mineral oil is among the best stool softeners available to us, as it lubricates stool and aids in its smooth passage, via the intestines. Since it increases lubrication, the stool can easily pass through the rectum and anus, without inflaming or irritating them. Just take one teaspoon of mineral oil before going to bed. Thus, mineral oil for constipation is an effective home remedy, however, it is not recommended for long-term use, as it conduces to various vitamin deficiencies.
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