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My ten month old has regular full poopy diapers in the morning. The past two days his poop has been black. Does anyone know why? Is this cause for concern?/or a trip to the pediatrician?

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Asked by rgomes at 9:37 AM on Jun. 17, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • call your dr.

    Answer by Emmajosmommy at 9:39 AM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • If it is truly black, you need to call.

    Answer by kimigogo at 9:40 AM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • Black just means there is too much iron in his system and your body rids extra vitamins, minerals, etc. through the bm and urine. There is no cause for concern unless it is tarry, coffee ground like, or has blood.

    Answer by attap5 at 9:41 AM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • It is normal,it could be due to the food he is eating or something he is drinking.

    Answer by dancer at 9:42 AM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • Any chance he drinks a lot of grape juice or other dark purple drink? That can cause black looking stool.

    Answer by EBee12 at 9:43 AM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • I have had that happen on a couple of occassions all of which I just called the dr to be on the safe side and got some expert opinions over the phone from someone who knows my sons health history and it was instant peace of mind.

    Answer by mitchellb at 10:30 AM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • do you have your baby taking multivitiams with iron because iron can turn poop black. but i would call and ask.

    Answer by jenn4443 at 10:31 AM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • Black poop could mean that he's got blood in his poop. Talk to the doctor about getting a test to rule this out. Has there been a change in diet that might explain this? If it's blood, it could be from a food allergy.

    Answer by JSD24 at 10:33 AM on Jun. 17, 2011

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