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1st day home with ileostomy, seeing red juice in bag

Sat Mar 05, 2022 1:55 am
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New here and new to having an ileostomy. I have to drink pedilyte (or gatoraid/power aid) and I started drinking cherry punch pediyte with ice this evening and had a banana for a snack. My output looks red. Could it be blood? Or is it probably just from the drink? I have a ton of cherry popsciles I'd like to eat as well and they are super red, so I want to know whether to expect this or be conserned. Thanks so much.

**Thank you all so much for the info. I had a rough day. 2nd day home, alone, and my bag leaked. Rough go at changing my bag for the first time alone. Made for a super hard day all around. I am just menatlly wiped right now. I'll thank you all individually tomorrow.

Last edited by on Sat Mar 05, 2022 9:06 pm; edited 1 time in total
Sat Mar 05, 2022 2:41 am

Hi Pixie!

     Welcome to the ostomy club. ❤️ I would imagine the red you're seeing is from your drink. Liquids process fairly quickly, and it's always a fun surprise to see the affect they have on output. You're pretty new to your ostomy journey, so be mindful of what your body is telling you. Do you have increased pain? A fever? Low output? These would all be reasons to communicate with your doctor. Your body is going to be doing a lot of healing right now. Get lots of rest, stay hydrated, and give yourself lots of grace. There will be plenty of humbling moments in your journey. I'm sending all the healing vibes your way. 🌻


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Sat Mar 05, 2022 4:02 am

Cherry punch or cherry popsicles will definitely come out red in your output.  It happens to me every so often.  I eat blueberries regularly; my stool turns a dark blue/black.  If the only symptom you're experiencing is the color effect, I'd guess you're okay.  You should be able to eat most everything, but introduce new stuff into your diet in small amounts to see if it does alright.  Chew it up good.  Drink liquids (mainly water).  The only thing I avoid is pulpy fruit, like melon.  But I eat popcorn.  Everyone is different.  You'll have to experiment as you go.  You'll be fine.  Stay well.  HenryM

Sat Mar 05, 2022 9:51 am

Hi Pixie long time ilie. ostomate here and the first time i saw what you saw freaked me out to, like others said if no pain or fever you should be okay. 

Sat Mar 05, 2022 10:11 am


Yep it's the drinks that has your stools turn red 😳, during my recovery time I also drank red Gatorade and when the Nurses came in to help with my changing they were troubled that my waste was red 😳 asking if I had any issues, the bad boy that I am I told them yes , but eventually told them us was due to me drinking the Gatorade 🤪 the blue Gatorade will turn your waste a darker color as well, even tea turns it brown and soft drinks that are in dark colors will turn it near black. 11 years down the road and it still happens. As it goes in it comes out. Hope this eases your anxiety a bit.

charleston guy

Sat Mar 05, 2022 10:20 pm

I second that. Red drinks will definitely turn your output red. When I was in the hospital they would not give me red Gatorade because they claimed the red dye is not good for us so they gave me purple Gatorade. Sad to say my poop was not purple. Mike

Sun Mar 06, 2022 1:06 pm

Other things will turn your output red.  The first time I ate beets, I panicked, until I realized what I had eaten. Whenever you have different colors, think about what you ate.   many different foods will do that, and it's always fun to see what comes out. Another group I'm on and I try to figure out how we can make red and green stripes at Christmas! 

with peace, anyark 

Sun Mar 06, 2022 8:10 pm

Greetings from Mike in Lakewood, Ohio. My guess is the red color is from the red coloring or red dye in your drink.

Don't be too hard on yourself should you experience leaks ot other issues in managing your ostomy.

I assure you that managing your ostomy will become much easier within the very near future. 

It's quite common to experience leaks and other issues early on.  Just take one day at a time.

Mon Mar 07, 2022 6:05 am

Yes, it's most likely the drink!  It can be scary sometimes if you forget that you ate something red. Licorice does that for me too!  Your output will change in appearance based on what you eat or drink.  It changes color and consistency a lot.  

Mon Mar 07, 2022 7:23 am

First time I had beetroot after Ileistomy I thought just like you 'aaagh it's blood' but after initial panic I realised it was just beetroot juice.  It's amazing how fast it goes through you to get into that bag.

Best wishes for life with an ileostomy.  This site makes it easier to deal with for sure.  Thanks everyone for the help and comfort you have given me 

Mon Mar 07, 2022 7:42 am

I ate a package of cherry licorice and thought I was bleeding to death. lol As others have said you're going to learn a lot more than you ever wanted to know about how what you consume becomes in your shortened plumbing. 

Mon Mar 07, 2022 12:40 pm

dmccrillis wrote:

I ate a package of cherry licorice and thought I was bleeding to death. lol As others have said you're going to learn a lot more than you ever wanted to know about how what you consume becomes in y...

real and very nasty stuff!

Mon Mar 07, 2022 9:31 pm

If you're really worried, quit eating anything red and see what happens!  

Sat Mar 12, 2022 11:10 am

corbiator! wrote:

real and very nasty stuff!

I don't remember writing this

Sat Mar 12, 2022 11:11 am

does anybody else?

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