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What causes dark bowel movement?

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My toddler just had a very dark BM with small amount of chalky white coating on it. Is this normal? Stool was very firm, but that is normal for her.
Posted Fri, 28 Mar 2014 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 2 hours later
Brief Answer: wait and watch Detailed Answer: Hi Is she on iron supplement? This can cause dark stool. Also some food items like beets,etc can cause dark stools A constipated child can pass stool which is like this. So just watch and see. Good luck Dr uma
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