Mireille Felicia. stools. June 22nd , 2017.
Passing green stool may point towards an unhealthy diet, stress, or medical conditions that might be affecting the body. Most often, the condition is a repercussion of ingesting certain foods. Green vegetables are known to be a common cause of green-hued feces. The same may occur post consuming medications or supplements. In some cases, green stool may indicate the presence of an infection in older kids and adults.
Indigestion can be a reason behind green colored stool. Indigestion may cause diarrhea but it is common and can be cured easily. In children, problem with digestive health is very frequently, hence green color stool is very common in them.
Stool softeners come in tablet, liquid or capsule form. Most of the over-the-counter stool softeners, such as Colace, Doxinate, Modane Soft, Dialose, etc. have a drug called docusate in them. Docusate stops the colon from absorbing water from the stool, thereby, keeping the stool soft. The stool softener, Colace is the best stool softener for pregnancy. Since the active ingredients from the drug are not absorbed by the body, the fetus is not in any danger.
Before initiating the treatment, the underlying cause of green stool in children or in adults is confirmed with a lab diagnosis. It is done through an examination of a stool sample. The tests which are usually employed include X-ray, blood tests, a procedure known as stool culture, and colonoscopy procedure. The type of treatment for a particular patient is driven by the nature of the symptoms, the causal factor(s) and test results. Affected patients may be recommended changes in their diet, apart from administrating medications for maintaining digestive health.
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