What can the stool color Tell?

After food has passed through the process of digestion and what does each stool color tell you?

The main reason stools are discolored is due to the consumption of things. Such as drugs, vegetables, fruits, beverages, or foods. Sometimes the color of the stool can indicate a health problem, including diarrhea  , bowel disease, hemorrhoids, or blood. Out in the gastrointestinal tract, etc. The stool color is different due to different reasons as follows.

Brown or normal-colored stools

If there are brown stools There is hardly any need to worry, as this is the normal color of the stool. Caused by the bile in the liver that serves to digest fats. Initially, bile is yellow-green in color. But when it flows through the digestive tract, a chemical change occurs. Causing the stool to turn brown.  

Yellow stool

Yellow stools can be normal colored stools for many people, but sometimes a pale yellow color is combined with oiliness and a bad smell. May be a sign that the body is lacking bile And may be more closely related to a blockage in the bile duct. Yellow stools may also be a sign of abdominal disease. Caused by poor digestion Examples include digestion of gluten in bread, wheat, barley, and cookies.

However, the presence of pale yellow stools with oily and foul odor. This can happen for a number of reasons, and if it is frequently, let your doctor know for further diagnosis.

Green stool

May be caused by diarrhea Because diarrhea causes food consumed to pass through the intestines too quickly Until chemicals in the intestines and bacteria can not digest bile Causing the stool not to turn out brown as usual

Foods and drugs that may turn the temperature green include: Iron supplements Food or drinks containing green food coloring Or various green leafy vegetables such as spinach

Black stools

It can be a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding, eg esophagus, duodenum. In some cases, the blood can come from a tumor,  cancer, inflammation, or leakage from the blood vessels. And was digested until it changed from red to black Black stools can be caused by other internal causes, such as ulcers or bleeding in the esophagus.

Foods and drugs that can cause blackness include black licorice, blueberries, red grape juice, iron supplements, and bismuth subsalicylate, etc.

Red stools

Approximately 90% of the red stools are not caused by blood. But may be caused by food ingested Foods and drugs that can turn red include: Foods and beverages containing red food coloring , beetroot, tomato soup, tomato juice, red jelly, cranberry, red licorice, other medications that are red or may be a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding. Lower, such as the colon, rectum, and rectum Or it may be caused by cancer, inflammation, polyps in the colon. Leaking from blood vessels, or Hemorrhoids 

Pale colored stools

This may be caused by a blockage in the bile duct such as a narrowed bile duct. Which may be inborn Gallstones or tumors Causing bile to not flow into the intestines And resulting in lack of bile stools

Some of the drugs that can cause the temperature to lighten are: Aluminum hydroxide (antacids), gastrointestinal drugs Bismuth subsalicylate, which may cause grayish-colored stools or barium fluids used before an upper digestive X-ray.

The stool is green or yellow. With abdominal symptoms, fever, dehydration or prolonged diarrhea Should seek medical attention

If they are found to have black, red or white stools without a clear cause. Should see a doctor for examination. But if you are unsure if your stool color change is caused by food residues such as beetroot or blueberries, try to stop consuming them after a few days. If it’s still wrong Should see a doctor for further diagnosis. Your doctor may use an endoscopy if your doctor suspects internal bleeding.

Baby stool color

Usually, a baby’s stool has many different colors and styles. Until sometimes parents may not even notice Altered or different stool color Can not tell if there is something wrong or not But sometimes it can signal a problem in the digestive system or liver.

What is the normal stool color for babies?

The baby is just born a few days old. There will be black stools called meconium (meconium) formed from mucus, amniotic fluid, skin cells, and other things the baby consumes while in the womb. Its appearance is viscous and sticky, similar to automotive engine oil and does not smell. Which is normal And it is a sign that the baby’s gut is working well. But if the baby still has black stool after 3 consecutive days, you should consult a pediatrician.  

The stool color and appearance of a baby change when the baby is fed with milk or food. Which will be different as follows

Baby’s stool color when drinking breast milk When a baby is breastfed, the stool is golden yellow. It looks like a slushy cream, but the smell is mild. But if there is a green color and a bubble look This could mean that the mother fed the baby on each side not long enough. Causing the baby to consume too much milk in the front (Foremilk)  

Baby’s stool color when drinking infant formula The color of the stool is yellow and brown. They are peanut-butter-like or powdery, and have a stronger odor than the stools of breastfed infants.

Baby stool color when eating solid food When parents convert baby’s food to solid foods such as rice or mashed bananas. The color of baby feces will turn brown or dark brown, with a sticky, mushy appearance and a stronger smell.

What is the unusual baby stool color?

After the birth The baby’s stool color will turn yellow. Green or brown But if the baby is found to have a different color of the stool. And parents cannot tell if the baby has a different colored stool for any reason. Should take the baby to the doctor immediately.

absorption of nutrients is complete. The residue will be excreted in the feces. The color of the feces may differ according to the nature and type of food eaten. They may be dark brown, light brown, or they may turn to a different color, such as black or yellow. Means that he has a disease or that there is something wrong in the body But the color of the stool may not indicate any serious digestive problems.