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My 18 months old baby has been passing light colored stools. Is it normal?

My 18 months old baby has been passing light colored stools. Is it normal?

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Published At July 7, 2018
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My daughter is 18 months old. For many months, she has been passing stools that are white or very light yellowish brown or chalky color. I have seen my GP in the past and with just a feel of tummy they tell me everything is fine. I feel there is something else and just cannot seem to settle. Her belly is very large considering she has such a small frame and feels this may have some part to do with it. When passing stools, she can often leak out her nappy because it is so loose. She has been on solid foods since she was 6 months old. She has full fat cow milk morning and night. When friends or family look after my daughter, I get comments of she done a dirty nappy, but it was really chalky. Is that normal for her? It is worrying me. She also holds her breath when worked up. This has happened since birth. It takes up to a minute for her to come round. Her tummy hardens and is solid throughout and then she projectiles. The doctors had seen this and just told me that breathing spells are common. But, with the way these bowels are, I am concerned whether this is related to. I am very stressed out and feel that I need a second opinion.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

1. Passage of lemon white color stools along with the abdominal distention is suggestive of some liver pathology. Please do the following blood tests. SGPT (serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase), serum bilirubin and CBC (complete blood count) to rule out liver pathology.

2. The breath-holding spells occur in up to 5% children. These spells usually subside by 3 years of age.

3. The foul smelling stools may be due to indigestion. You can try reducing the overall milk in her diet and giving more of homemade food for the same.

4. Please follow up with the reports. Mostly the reports should be normal as the physicians over there must have examined the child and not found anything clinically.

Investigations to be done

1. SGPT. 2. Serum bilirubin. 3. CBC.

Regarding follow up

Revert back with the reports.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim
Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim


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