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Lab testing is done on stool to detect bacterial, parasitic and viral infections.
Stool can also be tested for blood. This enables the doctor to appropriately treat your child's illness. This test looks for eggs (ova) and parasites in the stool.
Collect stool in a clean container. A plastic bowl is acceptable if it has been thoroughly washed. The child should have a bowel movement in the container without urinating in the stool.
Line the diaper with plastic wrap to make stool collection easier. Plastic baggies with adhesive tape are available from the lab. To use these, remove the paper backing and place baggie around anal opening. Peel off after bowel movement. A diaper may be used "inside out" with the plastic side next to the skin. Please keep all plastic wraps out of the child's reach.
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