Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health flu-related visitor restrictions have been lifted. However, because babies, especially those who are ill or premature, are at higher risk of serious complications if they get the flu, visitation restrictions are still in place for all Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) until further notice.
Doctors use stool tests to get information about what may be happening in your child’s stomach, intestines or other parts of the gastrointestinal tract.
By examining the contents of stool, your child’s doctor can diagnose and check for a variety of conditions, including:
In most cases, you will be asked to collect the stool sample at home and provide it to your child’s doctor for testing. Test results are available within a few hours to a few days depending on the specific study.
Doctors at Riley at IU Health use five different stool tests to check and monitor your child’s health:
Collecting a stool sample is painless. This can be done at home or in the doctor's office, but it needs to be done carefully and properly to avoid contamination of the sample. Different stool studies have different requirements for storage. You will receive detailed instructions and appropriate containers for the study your child requires.