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Why is my 8 month old baby's poo very pale?

by Geraldene Pontes
(South Africa)

My baby is 8 months. Eating solids very well and on minimal milk +- 500ml at the most per day. She has been in hospital 3 times with bronchitus and pneumonia. A sweat test was done, however this apparently came back negative. When she poohs it smells really really bad and sometimes its so small that you can't understand why she cleares the room. My biggest concern is that her poo is very pale.

This morning i can say it was off white. this worries me a lot and i can get straight answers from anyone. Everyone keeps on telling me its because she is teething ...... but she is not teething. I don't know what to do anymore.

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Time to call the Doctor NEW
by: Heather

Geraldine,

Your poor baby has really had a tough few months!! I would highly recommend you get her in to see the doctor as soon as possible. White poo can be a sign that the liver is not producing enough bile to digest the food.

If that doctor blows you off and it doesn't change, I would seek a second opinion.

Don't panic, but be proactive in seeking some answers. The closer to "white" the poo gets, the more you should push for answers.

I hope this can help you at all, please feel free to write back or post!!

Heather

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