My 3 year old son has had lime green bowel movements for 2 days now, and they're small and hard. He also has dark circles under his eyes and his behavior has worsened, with regards to not listening, and excessively screaming at people. I was just wondering if it could be something he's lacking in his diet - or something he's getting too much of? He does drink an extreme amount of milk daily, and prefers chips and other snack foods to "real" food. He hasn't complained of any pain anywhere, and has had mild cold symptoms over the past week. Please let me know if I should be concerned and get him in to see his doctor. Thanks.
Yes, he should visit the doctor to rule out any gastrointestinal illness (e.g., parasite). More often than not the green stool is not a cause for alarm, and can be caused by any of a number of benign factors. Sometimes this condition occurs because the stool is passing too quickly through the intestines. Sometimes it is caused by certain foods - e.g., green and leafy vegetables. But, particularly because your child is already ill, you should folow up with the doctor.
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