Green stool — when your feces look green — is usually the result of something you ate, such as spinach. Certain medications or iron supplements also can cause green stool.
Newborns pass a dark green stool called meconium, and breast-fed infants often produce yellow-green stools. In older children and adults, green stool is uncommon. It's rarely cause for concern.
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
When to see a doctor
Call your doctor if you or your child has green stool for more than a few days. Green stool often occurs with diarrhea, so drink plenty of fluids and seek immediate medical attention if you or your child becomes dehydrated.
Content Last Updated: July 17, 2020