A member asked:

My son has diarrhea and his stool is white and it looks like white corn not like a regular poop. should i be worried?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kermit Brunelle
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Acholic stools: Acholic stools could represent a problem with your child's hepatobiliary system. this system aids in the digestion and absorption of certain types of food. Which may explain the diarrhea. Most of the time this represents a condition that does indeed need medical intervention. You should definitely see your primary care doctor as he may want to refer you to a specialist for further study.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Bradley Allen
Infectious Disease 32 years experience
Yes, if it continues: Has you son's diet changed lately? Occasionally kids will have substantial changes in their stool consistency and coloration related to 'binging' on certain foods. If your son gets back on routine diet and the problem clears it may not be a worry. If it continues, I agree with the need to work up the white, or 'chalky' stools for biliary disease. If pain, fever, or cramping would act quickly.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Jul 29, 2014


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.