white baby poop… should we call?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That does sound worrisome. I’m not an expert though… is there a nurses line you could call before heading in to the ER?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mrsSonthebeach:  This happens to my son fairly regularly because of constipation. The old poo turns whitish if it stays in the system too long.

 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Is she feverish or vomiting or fussy at all? Lethargic? Have you ever seen this color from her before?

I’d be calling, since I understand it’s pretty rare.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I’ve worked as a nanny for many children & in a daycare and never seen that before.  Hopefully it’s nothing, but it does seem worth a call.  Do you have any urgent cares in your area?  Could you call them instead?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@mrsSonthebeach:  It is reassuring that there was some color to most of the stool. I’d say if it happens again and it is mostly or all white, DEFINITELY call. Typically the white stool thing doctors worry about is for biliary atresia, which would be very rare to show up in a 10 month old that has otherwise been healthy and pooping normally up until then.  

Post # 8
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Newbee

Chalky, white or clay-colored stool: may indicate the absence of bile from the stool as a result of an obstruction of bile flow to the intestine. Obstruction of the bile duct may occur as a result of a medical condition called biliary obstruction or a tumor. This stool may look like a pale yellow, or off white. 

We took a poop to the Dr he told us to be worried if the texture was chalky. You can always call your pediatrician on call, I would not rush to the ER. 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mrsSonthebeach:  

This is the information we share on our NurseLine:

A white stool could mean a liver problem. It could also be caused by medicines or a diet of milk only.

When should you call your doctor?

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if:

  • Your baby has new symptoms such as vomiting.
  • Your baby’s stools are:

    • Maroon or very bloody.
    • Black (and your baby has already passed meconium).
    • White or grey.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

Good call. Better safe than sorry. Hope your sweetie is OK!

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