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My 2 month old baby is having watery stool with lots of farts and sour smell. Since sunday morning but only 3 big stools and lots of smear kind.

My 2 month old baby is having watery stool with lots of farts and sour smell. Since sunday morning but only 3 big stools and lots of smear kind.

Infant diarrhea: It sounds like your infant may have gastroenteritis, an intestinal infection. Most cases are viral, but, if there is blood in the stool, this could indicate either a bacterial infection or a milk protein allergy. Continued watery stools can quickly lead to dehydration in infants. You should definitely have the baby seen by the pediatrician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My baby 7 weeks has got a stool at least 15 times a day. They differ from little flatulence smears to full nappies. Colour is yellow. Had eColi at 4wk?

My baby 7 weeks has got a stool at least 15 times a day. They differ from little flatulence smears to full nappies. Colour is yellow. Had eColi at 4wk?

Consult Pediatrician: It is not unusual for the babies to have frequent stools from like only a little flatulance to full nappy. It is more common in breast fed babies. But with the history of EColi I suggest you consult baby's pediatrician asap. ...Read more

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Will a child with encopresis get sick more often because of the constant contact with feces?

Will a child with encopresis get sick more often because of the constant contact with feces?

Almost Never: This problem is not related to the immune system. Unless the feces is available to open skin wounds, there is generally no risk. 1 exception might be a urinary tract infection with fecal exposure to the penis or vagina and poor cleaning technique. ...Read more

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Wat causes my child to eat feces? It has become a daily thing.Also, eats:rocks, hair, flour, dirt, vaseline, books, basically anything she can but mainly poo

Wat causes my child to eat feces? It has become a daily thing.Also, eats:rocks, hair, flour, dirt, vaseline, books, basically anything she can but mainly poo

Age? See doc: Pica- abnormal appetite for non foods, including dirt, corn starch, ice chips, etc. Can be a sign of iron deficirncy ; lots of causes: bad diet, parasites like hookworm, intestinal disorders like celiac sprue and inflammatory bowel disease; menstrual losses; other; toxicity from lead. Rare metabolic diseases can do it. Psychological diseases can as well. Much depends on age, living conditions. Cmd. ...Read more

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Blood in childs stool should I be concerned?

Blood in childs stool should I be concerned?

Depends: A slight amount of bright red blood on the surface of a large or firm stool is likely due to a crack in the anus. Firm these need an evaluation by your doc. ...Read more

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Stool problems in child I babysit for?

Stool problems in child I babysit for?

More details: How old? Is the stool too hard, too soft, bloody, painful? How long has it been a problem? Need more info to be helpful. ...Read more

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What causes the presence of fat in a child's stool?

What causes the presence of fat in a child's stool?

GI infections: Gi infections, such as girardia, can cause poor absorption of nutrients, resulting in fat in the stool. ...Read more

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I have a 7months old baby has a constipation for 3 months sometimes a hard (feces) he feeds normally what kind of food making his condition better?

I have a 7months old baby has a constipation for 3 months sometimes a hard (feces) he feeds normally what kind of food making his condition better?

Options: In early infancy, bananas, applesauce & cereals are prime constipating agents. Lowering amount of intake can help reduce the effect. The fruit juices like apple, peach, prune, pear will loosen stools. Any change takes 3-4 days to show benefit. ...Read more

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If child is having blood in his stool is it because he has worms?

If child is having blood in his stool is it because he has worms?

No: Blood in stool is always a situation that requires diagnosis. See a physician. ...Read more

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Color of stool in a child with rotavirus?

Color of stool in a child with rotavirus?

Varies: You can get many stool colors with Rotavirus. One more common color, in my experience, has been a distinct "technicolor green". As it progresses you can see clear watery stools, yellow stools, and finally brown. With the advent of the vaccine we hardly ever see Rotavirus these days. ...Read more

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Bleeding in stool of one year old child?

Bleeding in stool of one year old child?

Usually benign: This is usually do to a small tear in the skin of the outlet caused when a bulky stool moves out too fast or a lumpy or hard stool is passed. Stringy ares of bright red blood are visible or small puddles. ...Read more

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What color is the stool color in a child with rotovirus?

What color is the stool color in a child with rotovirus?

Varies: The color depends on diet and bile output during the illness. I have seen blue poop from blue Popsicles or Gatorade. They can be almost clear mucous to brownish water, but very frequently are a beige/creamy white. The hallmark is the horrible smell that goes along with rotavirus — I can walk in a room and tell a baby in there has the illness. ...Read more

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Hi Dr. My child is 23days old n he has a yellow stool n it's like it's stretching like elastic, is that normal?

See below: You must be breast feeding, as yellow mushy stools are seen especially with breast fed infants. He may stool after every feeding. Make sure infant is urinating 6-8 times a day or you may need to add some water to his diet. ...Read more

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Hello I have a question about breastfeeding exclusively baby feces (4 months). It seems to me a little snotty and I want to know if it's normal?

Hello I have a question about breastfeeding exclusively baby feces (4 months). It seems to me a little snotty and I want to know if it's normal?

Most Likely Normal: You are breastfeeding, "baby feces a little snotty". Your baby's age & medical history is unknown. Breast fed baby stools vary however colors range from green, brown, to yellow. Consistency varies between seedy to mushy. It is not unusual to see stringy mucous strands. If your baby is comfortable, has a good appetite & has good weight gain then no action is needed. See doctor for well baby exam. ...Read more

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My child has white stool/poop should I be worried?

My child has white stool/poop should I be worried?

No: Pale colored stool in children is usually a transient phenomenon. Seek medical attention if the condition persists or child develops jaundice. ...Read more

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If cereal sits in milk and becomes soggy, will it make a child's stool softer than if the child eats it before it gets soggy?

If cereal sits in milk and becomes soggy, will it make a child's stool softer than if the child eats it before it gets soggy?

No: One's stomach and intestines are a big blender. Everything is turned into a very liquid soup. Then the large intestine reabsorbs most of the water. The longer the poop stays in the large intestine, the dryer and firmer the poop gets. ...Read more

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My child is 6 nonths. I ntriduced him baby food for the firat time. Apple n manfo flavour. He passed hard stool then. Is it normal?

Constipated infant: You child may be constipated because of the apple you are giving him. Apple contains pectin which is a solidifying agent. Change to another fruit such as apricots or peaches. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a child to have mucus in stool after using an enema?

Is it normal for a child to have mucus in stool after using an enema?

Perhaps...: Enemas are almost never used in my pediatric practice, so the 1st concern is what triggered the need for an enema? I would never recommend an enema for your child unless specifically ordered by your pediatrician. The type of enema used may have caused the mucous--or perhaps this mucous was due to the irritant effect of whatever made the use of an enema necessary. If bloody, call your doctor now. ...Read more

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What is treatment of GI miasis that I see larva in stool.this ia a 6 year girle child that sick for 4 years.

What is treatment of GI miasis that I see larva in stool.this ia a 6 year girle child that sick for 4 years.

Removal: Check this out with your local surgeon as it seems removal is the only answer. Further, questions can be obtained at the CDC, or center for disease control. All the best. This is a difficult disease. ...Read more

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My child 5 years old had blood on her stool, she has problem of constipation is it something to worry about?

My child 5 years old had blood on her stool, she has problem of constipation is it something to worry about?

Yes: Blood on the stool and chronic constipation is always something to worry about, but not anything to panic about. The blood is likely due to either a small hemorrhoid or a fissure that tore and has caused some minor bleeding with the passing of stool. You need to be much more aggressive with treatment of her constipation. Much more fiber in diet, increase water intake and consider med like Miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more

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My child just had fresh bright red stool. He is not constipated and no diarrhoea. No other symptoms are there, didn't eat beetroot also, help?

My child just had fresh bright red stool. He is not constipated and no diarrhoea. No other symptoms are there, didn't eat beetroot also, help?

Bloody stool: How old is he? You say he has no other symptoms, just non painful blood in stool. You should have him see his pediatrician asap. Is it bright red? That could indicate intussusception, colitis, etc. If it is darker maroon or black, that indicates a problem higher up in the GI tract. If you have a stool specimen to bring to the pediatrician, that would help with guiding him/her in the workup. ...Read more

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What does it mean when childs stool is positive for pseudamonas but at the time no symptoms, now a month later has mild diarhea? Colud it be virus?

Yes: Pseudomonas is an opportunist that can survive in many environments and be found as a "hitchhiker" germ in the stool. Its presence does not mean it is the infecting agent in this location. It is seldom a problem for anyone that does not have a compromised immune system. Were it to be found in sterile spaces like the blood or spinal fluid, it would always be considered an invader/infector. ...Read more

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41 wks preg. Took 2 fleet enemas-held in @ same time, 5 mins, 12 hrs ago. Feces stuck in rectum 2nite, did another 2. Then saw warnings-am I/baby ok?

41 wks preg. Took 2 fleet enemas-held in @ same time, 5 mins, 12 hrs ago. Feces stuck in rectum 2nite, did another 2. Then saw warnings-am I/baby ok?

Enemas: If you didn't induce uterine cramps there was no adverse effects on your pregnancy. It's best to avoid vigorous enemas at this time. Try increasing fiber intake and good daily water intake. Add a daily stool softener. Ask your OB for further advice about glycerin rectal suppositories or dulcolax rectal suppository use as needed. ...Read more

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Would stopping Culturell for a week cause pseudamonas in a gut grow more in an asymptomatic child who tested positive for pseudamonas growth in stool?

Would stopping Culturell for a week cause pseudamonas in a gut grow more in an asymptomatic child who tested positive for pseudamonas growth in stool?

No effect: The presence or absence of OTC probiotics has little if any influence on whether a kid will acquire this germ. They had to ingest it for it to show up in the stool. If anything, probiotic strains coexist with this germ. They would never kill or prevent it from moving in. ...Read more

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Can a stool test reveal what particular type of pseudamonas a child has if stool test shows positive for pseudamonas growth, but child is asymptomatic?

Can a stool test reveal what particular type of pseudamonas a child has if stool test shows positive for pseudamonas growth, but child is asymptomatic?

Yes: The lab can do some refined testing to determine the strain. Pseudomonas is an occasional finding in a normal kids stool. It is not particularly worrisome. ...Read more

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My 11month old baby find it very difficult to pass stool, as it seems to her very straining and stools are like goats feces it consistency or not at al?

My 11month old baby find it very difficult to pass stool, as it seems to her very straining and stools are like goats feces it consistency or not at al?

Soften stools: Infants transitioning diets to solids may not get enough fiber / fluids in diet; 5 gm of fiber daily, try pureeing vegetables, fruits and use of infant cereals with adequate amount of fiber, an average sized 11 month old should have about 32 oz of fluids daily. If these measures are not helpful, baby will need further evaluation ...Read more

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My baby girl is 3 years old and has worms in her feces, what is the most natural fastest effective way to remove it from her body until we examin her?

My baby girl is 3 years old and has worms in her feces, what is the most natural fastest effective way to remove it from her body until we examin her?

Needs a check up: Single dose mebendazol taken by all family members and repeat in a week after diagnosis by checkng with a scotch tape for eggs in the perianal area and having good hygiene as it is spread by enteric rout and poor hygiene ...Read more

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My Child is on his second medication for pinworms but he still has lots of dead ones coming out in his stool.im quiet concerned at this point. Many thanks?

My Child is on his second medication for pinworms but he still has lots of dead ones coming out in his stool.im quiet concerned at this point. Many thanks?

Enterobius: Some pinworm larvae may hatch on the anal mucosa, and migrate up the bowel This retroinfection can lead to a heavy parasitic load and autoinfection through the anus-to-mouth route or through retroinfection often requires repeated treatment, at 2-week intervals, in order to remove the infection completely. Cleaning the house is essential and often very difficult. ...Read more