Green poo?

Why is poo sometimes green? Especially in infants?

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    If you have the occasional green stool—don't panic! Most likely it is normal, and there is a perfectly reasonable explanation. Think about the foods you ate, any vitamins or supplements you took—even if they're not green in color.

    There can be many reasons why stool appears to be green. The first and most obvious reason is eating green foods. Green, leafy vegetables contain chlorophyll which could be coloring the stool green. Foods with dark purple coloring like Kool-Aid, popsicles, and gelatin (Jell-O) can also result in rainbow-colored stools. Iron supplements or even foods that are rich in iron can also give stool a green tinge.

    Stool can also appear green for physical reasons, and not just from what you've been eating. We think of a healthy stool as being brown. Bile that is secreted in the first part of the small intestine is actually green. As stool is digested and passed through the large intestine it is turned into a darker brown color.

    If stool is still green by the time it is excreted, it could mean that it went through the large intestine too fast to be changed in color. This is often called "rapid transit" or "decreased colonic transit time" and diarrhea that is green in color could be the result.

    In breast-fed babies, green stool is a normal occurrence, especially right after delivery. In older children, the reason could be food-related as described above, or even from non-food items. Eating or sucking on colored non-food items such as crayons might also turn stools different colors.

    If green stool continues, or your bowel habits have changed in other ways, you may want to call your doctor. This is especially true if you are experiencing diarrhea which can be an indication of other problems or could lead to dehydration.

  • 1 decade ago

    It can be something as trite as the food you ate, or something more serious, like the body filtering out infection and toxins. Typically, in infants, the excrement can vary widely in color and consistency with little change in diet. the main things you want to be worried about are if the poo is very runny and frequent, (dehydration is a main concern when dealing with children who have diarrhea,) if they seem to be having trouble or irritation when they do it, or if they don't poo at least once every other day. If you ever have any concerns, don't hesitate to call your doctor!

  • 5 years ago

    Yes you can lose weight drinking green tea. It should not be the only thing you do for losing weight. There are several types of green tea, primarily Sencha and Gyokuro. The difference between the two lies in the way they are grown. Sencha is a higher grade tea grown in full sun; Gyokuro is grown in full shade. This article was very useful to me when deciding to use green tea as part of my diet. I hope you find it useful as well.

  • 1 decade ago

    I can't believe the two first answers...I mean, why answer if you don't know? It is because the person is getting too much iron in their diet. The body just doesn't absorb what it doesn't need.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    because they eat green stuff =]

  • 1 decade ago

    It means they aren't eating enough.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    cause they get direria

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago


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