Infants might have green stool as a result of:
- Not finishing breast-feeding entirely on one side, thus missing some of the high-fat-content breast milk, which affects the digestion of the milk
- Protein hydrolysate formula, which is used for babies with milk or soy allergy
- Lack of normal intestinal bacteria in breast-fed infants
Children and adults
Causes of green stool include:
- Diet high in green vegetables, such as spinach
- Food dyes
- Iron supplements
July 17, 2020
Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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