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i am currently suffering from constant hunger even after i have eaten and seem to have small white bits in stool. worried as to what this could mean?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
May be unrelated but: ...lots possible. Epigastric burning & hunger pain after meals raises probability of gastritis &ulcers. Stop any non-prescribed nsaid's or aspirin; cut out tobacco &alcohol; consider starting an acid reducer medication. Seek emergency care if lightheaded, worsening symptoms, vomiting coffee ground material or passing black stool or blood. Pancreatitis & biliary dyspepsia can present this way.

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What color poop is normal?

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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in General Practice
Most colors: Stool color changes with age and diet. Newborns have sticky black stools (called meconium) until about 4 days of life when the stool transitions to a yellow color. When you start introducing solids, stool color may change depending on what the baby ate. Black (older than newborn) and clay/white colors may indicate a problem. If you think there is blood in the stool you need to see a pediatrician.
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How much poop is normal?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Variable: Poop or stool is quite variable from one child to the next regardless of whether they're breast fed, bottle fed, or which formula they're on. Some babies poop with every feed, while some don't poop but for several days. As long as the stool is soft, normal, and they child is acting well and growing normally, it is probably ok. Always best to check with your pediatrician if you're not sure.
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What does it mean if my baby has bloody stools?

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Dr. Thad Woodard
Specializes in Pediatrics
Possible allergy: There are several possible answers but today in my experience the most common reason in the first six months is an entity called food protein-induced proctitis/colitis. It is often caused by milk or soy in both breast and formula fed infants. Constipation and certain infections are other but less common reason in this early age group.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What can I do to increase my baby's appetite?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not much: There is no potion to increasing a baby's appetite, in some cases in which a baby drinks excessively they will not eat an adequate amount of solid food. In those cases we reduce the amount of liquids.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for my baby's appetite to decrease once I start him on solid foods?

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Dr. Janesta Noland
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Your baby will take less milk as solid food increases. Most babies are taking milk every 3-4 hours at 6 months. By 9 months, babies are taking milk 3-4 times per day and at 1 year 2-3 times. Solids are generally more calorie-dense than milk, so babies continue to increase their calorie intake despite seeming to have a decreased appetite.

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