I can't stand this! What would you do?

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I can't stand this! What would you do?
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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 12:05pm
The school called to say Xan wanted to talk to me about "some issues in the bathroom" so they put him on. He told me there was blood in his poop (again). We went thru this once before, maybe about a month ago, he scared me one morning, having a bit of diarrhea, reddish orange in color. I didn't take a sample of that but did take Xan to the drs a few hours later where the dr didn't find anything (fissures, etc). A day later we brought in a sample -- as normal as you can get -- so test showed there were no traces of blood.

That time I couldn't figure out what he ate that would make it so red (or any combinations of food, drink). This time I told him over the phone that he had chili last night. But I'm still unsure it would be *that* much of a difference in color. He says he's in no pain in the bottom or tummy, feel fine. But he expected me to come and get him. I told the assistant teacher to call me if it happens again. She said he apparently flush the evidence before he told her about it.

I hate being at work when stuff like this happens, it's like I can't stop thinking about if there's a real problem or not, I just worry all day and the surge of panic occurs when the dang phone rings.

Could vitamins change stool color? He takes the Centrum Rugrats kind, in 3 colors --light orange, purple and pinkish-red. The fact is that last time it was a bright-reddish orange color tells me if it is blood, it's closer to the surface, rather than some internal bleeding, like an ulcer...

Any suggestions?

Thanks

Asia

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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 12:34pm
I think that you've done all that you can do for now. If he isn't in any discomfort and you've already taken him to the dr. for this before, he's probably okay. You have a game plan, so I guess all you can do is sit and wait. Not fun to do, I know. It could be the vitamins. You would have to read the label to find out what the "side effects" are. I know my ds has been on some meds that have caused a similar result. The only other thing you can do if it happens again is get a sample and have it tested to know for sure.

If kids only knew the half of how much we worry about them!

Hugs,

Stephanie

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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 12:49pm
All foods & vitamins can change stool color. (Aspargus even changes the smell of urine.) Chili, spaghetti sauce are common culprits. It could be undigested chunks of carrots. Did he have blood on the toilet paper or just observe it in the stool? I would tell him if it happens again, not to flush & get an adult. I think if you're really concerned you could take a stool sample at any time and the dr. would do a hemocult test for you. Odds are it's just his diet or he's learned that "bathroom problems" give him a chance to talk to his mom. Good luck Asia & let us know if anything else develops. JoAnn
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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 8:06pm
Lots of things can change the color of the stool. I know for Tre when he eats chilli or hotter stuff, his stool is very "easy" and reddish, like clay in color.

I would hate that too, Asia! It's not fun being away from them when they have an "issue." How is he now??

Janet =)

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 9:46am
Thank you, Steph, JoAnn & Janet~ we haven't had any repeats yesterday, he's gone twice since and seems normal in every way, so I'm hoping it is the chili. When Dh makes chili he puts in a can of tomato paste to thicken it, thus making it much redder than my version. Poor Xan was more concern than anything else after he called me from school but eventually forgot about it until I picked him up.

Thanks again, y'all!

Asia

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 9:15pm
Hi, I just wanted to say that Koolaid, especially the purple one turns my kids poop a different color. I can't remember what color though. I think vitamins can too.

Anyway, this reminded me of my 8 yo on St. Patrick's day. Well, the night before. My son ate one of those green bagels for breakfast (he loves the color green). Well, anyway, that night his stool was neon green. Now I am not eggagerating it was neon green. Never seen such a bright color. Needless to say, he wasn't going to eat the one he brought home with him. Not that I minded, I just didn't want to be summoned to the bathroom again to look at stool and I didn't want to take the chance that he would go in school so he could announce to the whole class what color it was.

But it never hurts to make sure if you are worried.

Julie