Lehua Kyllikki. stools. February 09th , 2017.
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.
The food that we eat can also influence the color of the poop. Green vegetables in the diet is necessary for optimal health. Eating green vegetables in large amounts everyday is unlikely to damage your health but this habit can produce a harmless side effect that manifests in the form of green bowel movement.
Algae plays a potent role in causing this condition as they consist essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that are dedicated to improving the defense mechanisms, thereby helping one to feel healthy. Algae supplements when administered are known to be high in fiber content, due to which the stools may appear green. It could also be caused due to certain medications, such as iron supplements that change the color of stool drastically. Iron supplements are multivitamins having a high iron content, or even the inclusion of foods that are rich in iron, may cause green stool due to the body's incapability of absorbing excess iron. The body supplements the need by introducing iron salts into the system due to which its color may turn green.
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.
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