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What causes solid green colored stool in a twin?

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Posted on Fri, 29 Jul 2016
Question: 2 month old twin , solid stool yeloow with green colour.Reason ???
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Answered by Dr. Arun (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No need to worry

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for writing to us.
I have seen the attached pictures.
At this age It is pretty normal for stools to be yellow or green.
This is because of both breastfeeding and formula feeding.
I presume that being twins your babies might be on both breastfeeding and formula.
How are they otherwise? If they are active, cheerful, feeding well with good urine output sat six to eight times a day, then no need to worry.
This is just part of digestion. Green colour is related to bile output from liver which usually gets reabsorbed in the large intestine.
No treatment is required.
However if the stools become loose or if your baby develops any other symptoms like fever or vomiting or excessive crying, you need to consult with your pediatrician.
Wishing your twin good health.
Regards
Dr Arun
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Arun (24 hours later)
Have attached one more pic for your review. This is his today s stool.
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Answered by Dr. Arun (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Nothing to worry

Detailed Answer:
I have the new picture.
No need to worry.
It's normal.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Follow up: Dr. Arun (11 hours later)
The stool my baby passed last night was pitch green... Attaching the same for your reference
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Answered by Dr. Arun (9 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Am seeing only yesterday's attachment

Detailed Answer:
I have already seen the attachment along with your previous query.
Contact helpdesk for attaching new pictures.
No need to worry.
Will settle on its own.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Arun (4 hours later)
Hi

I have attached pictures of the same
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Answered by Dr. Arun (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Needs prolonged breastfeeding

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Yes the last picture looks definitely full green.
This indicates baby is not getting enough hindmilk.
You need to empty one breast completely and feed till the baby is satisfied.
Even if you are feeding formula, ensure that you are diluting correctly with exact amount of water recommended. More than recommended dilution can cause such stools.
Taking the baby off and switching to other breast before hindmilk comes will result in such dark-green stools.
I also prescribe probiotics like bifilac syrup 2 ml twice daily for 5 days to help in restoration of good bacteria in the gut.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Priyanka G Raj
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What causes solid green colored stool in a twin?

Brief Answer: No need to worry Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to us. I have seen the attached pictures. At this age It is pretty normal for stools to be yellow or green. This is because of both breastfeeding and formula feeding. I presume that being twins your babies might be on both breastfeeding and formula. How are they otherwise? If they are active, cheerful, feeding well with good urine output sat six to eight times a day, then no need to worry. This is just part of digestion. Green colour is related to bile output from liver which usually gets reabsorbed in the large intestine. No treatment is required. However if the stools become loose or if your baby develops any other symptoms like fever or vomiting or excessive crying, you need to consult with your pediatrician. Wishing your twin good health. Regards Dr Arun