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My 6 year old son has experienced bright emerald stools

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My 6 year old son has experienced bright emerald green stools since Saturday. He did ear black icing on cupcakes Wednesday and Thursday and some lucky charms cereal. How long should the green stools last?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 7 months ago.

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How many times does he pass stool?

How is the consistency?

Does he feel pain or any other symptom?

Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 7 months ago.

Hello again,
I was waiting for response from you.
Food color can cause green stool.
It would disappear in next 1-2 days.
Sometimes infection can cause green stool.
In infection stool is usually loose, frequent and can be mixed with mucus.
In that situation antibiotic can be needed.
You should consult doctor for an evaluation.
Give him bland diet, more fluid.
I hope this information will be helpful.
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Wish him healthy life.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
One stool per day. How long does it stay in system? Like I said, last black cupcake was Thursday.
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 7 months ago.

One stool per day is not due to infection.

If the amount of stool is less, it can remain in the system for a few days.