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Infant with constipation, greenish stools. Had vomiting and diarrhea. Need medical attention?

Hey, my daughter is 14 months old and weighs around 22 pounds. She stays constipated a lot. She will not eat much, which could be due to being a picky eater. I got her to the berry captain crunch cereal this morning. She had a virus Monday night and threw up. She had diarrhea Wed. and Thur. Her stools have been loose since then. Her stools have mainly been a pasty yellowish/green color. Well, tonight when I was changing her diaper, her poop was like a pasty green, greenish with a blue tint color to it. Is this normal or a serious situation?
Asked On : Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

At present your child is suffering from gastroenteritis which may be due to a virus.

The mainstay of treatment is to monitor and maintain hydration.

Maintain her hydration by giving sips of oral rehydration solutions like Pedialyte, coconut water, lemon water to replace the losses of water in the loose stools.

Green color stool is due to infection which led to rapid passage of stool in the gut and nothing to worry regarding the color of stool.

Monitor her hydration by her activity, urine output, skin turgor, and thirsty.

Probitic and zinc can be given orally for diarrhea after the prescription from your Pediatrician.

Coming to constipation- try to give more dietary fiber containing diet such as vegetables, fruits as it will lead to formation of soft stools.

Try to give plenty of oral fluids.

Hope I have answered your query.

Answered: Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.

Regarding the constipation your kid is having. Try to give her food rich in fiber like fruits and vegetables. Avoid all forms of junk food.

Try and help her in self feeding. Do not try force feeding her. This will result in feeding problems.

Give her enough fluids to avoid constipation. If despite all these measures the constipation persist get the help of your doctor.

Green color of the stool only indicates increased bowel motility and one need not worry regarding green color of stools.

Monitor for signs of dehydration.
They include
1. Decreased skin turgor
2. Increasing thirst.
3. Sunken eyes.
4. Irritability.
5. Drowsiness.
6. Decreasing passage of urine.

Hope this helps.
Take care.
Answered: Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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