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White Colored Bowel Movements

My 5 year old daughter recently had a bout of throwing up and diarrhea. When she had a normal bowel movement yesterday she had forgotten to flush. When I went in the bathroom and noticed that her stool looked white. Is this cause for concern? Has anyone experienced this with their children after the flu? I told her I needed to see her next "trip to the bathroom" but so far that hasn't happened. In the meantime I thought I would ask other moms.

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WOW!!! So many responses. This is the first time that I had posted a request. Thank you all so much. The majority of you said to call her pediatrician so that is what I did. Due to my daughter having the flu and the next 2 bm's she had were normal she doesn't think there is any cause for concern but a result of the flu which can happen. I do however, have to check her stool to make sure it doesn't happen again. Thank you again for all your responses and your concern. That's what makes Mama Source so wonderful!!

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My two older children have had this too. Also directly related to being sick. I wouldn't panic! If you want to go to the dr., go. It's always better to be safe than sorry, and it will give you peace of mind. But, if you wait it out a couple days and let her body regulate, it will stop. Being sick like that is hard on the body, and it completely empties you out. The idea that the emzymes aren't making it to the digested food makes a lot of sense. She'll be fine.

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I don't wan tto scare you. but I think that you need to go have he cheeked by a doctor. My sisters daughter has a disorder that can show up in mych the same way. PLEASE don't freak just have her cheeked.

S.

This could be a very serious medical condition, I am a mother of 4 grown children and Grandmother to 1- 6 mth old Grandchild, and I always say "better safe than sorry!" At the very least call the childs pediatrician and ask what they think, all white stools are uncommon and could be a sign of something serious. Good Luck and I hope this helps.

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You need to tell your pediatrician, other moms should not be giving you medical advice. A simple phone call to the Dr.s office is all it takes.

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i'm writing to you as a doctor and a mom. go to the doc! white or pale bm's are a sign that bilirubin made by the liver is not being excreted into stool. many issues can cause this so you need your doc to evaluate.

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My two older children have had this too. Also directly related to being sick. I wouldn't panic! If you want to go to the dr., go. It's always better to be safe than sorry, and it will give you peace of mind. But, if you wait it out a couple days and let her body regulate, it will stop. Being sick like that is hard on the body, and it completely empties you out. The idea that the emzymes aren't making it to the digested food makes a lot of sense. She'll be fine.

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Hi J., my son also had white, soft stool here and there for 3 weeks. I talked to his pediatrician about it and he was not concerned about it at all. He was only concerned if it was white and powdery like chalk. But my son is only 14 months old so not sure if that would have a different meaning since your child is older. And my son's white stool was not related to flu. The dr. also said that he had white stool because everything he had been eating lately was white, like bread, rice, yogurt, etc...ultimately if you're worried, ask your dr or 24 hr nurse over the phone. Margie

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Hi. I would not show your concern to you little one but call her Dr ASAP. They may want you to bring a sample of her stool in for further examination. For your sake and peace of mind Call the DOCTOR.

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Yes, this flu was going around last winter. My daughter had it, so did I, my neighbor's baby, my friend's baby, and my sister's kids. Throwing up followed by white poop (SO WEIRD!). I had my baby's poop tested, but before they got the results back (normal), I learned about all those other children I knew also having those really white weird poops with their flus. So I'm betting that's what she's got.

Watch for this -- all of our kids had the flu, pooped white for a few days, got normal, then were throwing up AGAIN about a week later, only not as bad. It was like the crazy double whammy flu. Hopefully yours may avoid the second bout of vomiting. :)

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Call you doctor. My daughter had white BM and the doctor wanted to see her right away. There could be a blockage in the bile ducts or a number of other problems. Even if the white BM is a one time occurance, better to be safe than sorry.

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hello,
my son had a white bm while he was sick with the flu. the doctor said it was because "it" moved so quickly thru him. no worries since it was w/o reoccurrence.

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My daughter had this after a severe bout of diarrhea/vomiting. I gave her acidopholus supplements to help get her little system back in order, and in a few days she was back to normal color and texture bms.

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Hi J.,

Please ask your doctor to check her liver and pancreas out. White stool is often seen in people with problems with either of these organs.
Don't delay,check into it today!
Hope this is helpful. Have a great day!

T. Johnson
Mother of 2 boys 22 and 9 Married for 24 years live in Everett Washington

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I don't want to scare you but white stools is a symptom of hepatitis. Has she been exposed to contaminated water?
it could also be directly related to her flu.

J.,
You've already received a lot of feed back. I really want to stress that you call your pediatrician or speak with his/her nurse. I'm absolutely positive they would want to see your daughter, they will work her in to their schedule. Her white stool symptoms could be nothing, a side effect of having a stomach virus/flu or there may be trouble with her liver.
Either way you can get an answer from your pediatrician.
K.

Go to the doctor, and have her checked out. My little one had white stool after being sick. Took her in and luckily the doctor said that for some reason her body processed the food she'd eaten before any enzymes from the liver or pancreas was able to be injected. She is fine and has never had another one since. But it is important to have her checked out.

The color of our bowel movement is related to what we've been eating. If she's been eating and drinking soft foods there will be no colors to color her feces. I've not seen feces that are white white. I've had some that were very pale.

I've also noticed that feces gets lighter in color as it sits in water.

I've not heard that a white bm can be a symptom of hepatitis. Since hepatitis is serious I'd do some research about that. You could call your insurance plan's nurse advisor or call your doctor's office and ask about hepatitis and color of bm.

Was it all white and chalky or specks of white? If it's specks of white, it could be (now don't freak out, it happens) worms. I've heard of something that's conducive to chalky white stools, but can't remember what it is-nothing serious, though. If it is worms, that could have been the cause of the vomiting and diarrhea.
Mary

This could be a very serious medical condition, I am a mother of 4 grown children and Grandmother to 1- 6 mth old Grandchild, and I always say "better safe than sorry!" At the very least call the childs pediatrician and ask what they think, all white stools are uncommon and could be a sign of something serious. Good Luck and I hope this helps.

what has she had to eat? Probably not much since she has been so sick, but still. If the items she was able to keep down were lacking color, that could explain why her bm was lacking color. If it happens again, I would call her doctor and ask what they think or if it is normal. See if you give her foods with color if it helps as well.

T.
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My son has been having the same problem sence birth. He became jaundance tight after birth. I rencently noticed that he becomes constipated when he does eat. He is also having issues with gaining waight, has been 30 pd for the past year. My son has been lactose intalerent (throwing up and diarrhea) after drinking or eating milk and milk products.

I would like to thank you for bringing up this subject. I hope that both of our kids are healthy and this is caused by to much the foods they are eating/drinking.

Please keep tell me if you learn anything new regarding this subject.

based on her age, i don't know if this applies, but typically white stools can means something is wrong with the gallbladder. is her urine orange? that's another sign. honestly, color tells us a lot about what's going on in the body so i would not take it lightly and talk to her pediatrician right away.

I would talk with her doctor. We were told by a doctor at Children's hospital that any color b.m. was not to be concerned about unless it was actually lacking color, such as a cream or whitish color. I'm not sure what it means,but I know it's not right. Hopefully it was just a fluke thing, but if it keeps happening or she is still not well, I wouldn't hesitate taking her in or at least calling her doctor. Good Luck!

I went online to WebMD.com and found that there is no real concern for this unless there is more than one bowl movement like this. The article stated that it could be there is no bile to attach to the rest of the poop, making it appear white. The bile comes from the liver, which could be in part due to a lack of something in your childs liver.

I would watch this to make sure that she is not having liver issues, A liver issue could/could not be deadly, and it may just be that her bowls are cleaned out and her poop will go back to normal, but definitely consult your pediatrician.

Best regards,

Kim B.

http://ibdcrohns.about.com/od/otherdigestivediseases/a/pa...

check out that website. But I would tell her to let you know every time she does have a BM and take her tot he Dr. to have them run a few tests to illiminate anything. Better safe than sorry.

Good luck!

I don't wan tto scare you. but I think that you need to go have he cheeked by a doctor. My sisters daughter has a disorder that can show up in mych the same way. PLEASE don't freak just have her cheeked.

S.

I did not read the responses, am at work and don't have time. My husbans boss recently had what he called "blonde" poop. It turned out he had contracted Hepatitis. He's been in the hospital ever since. Did they check for it?

My daughter recently had this same problem. Got the flu wouldn't eat for almost 2 weeks and constant white poop. Doctor ran all these tests and they all came back fine cept the fact she was dehydrated and her blood sugar was low. which makes sense since she wouldn't eat or drink. had to use a dropper to get liquids in her. Since the tests came back normal the doctor just had me bring her in every couple of days for a weight check and within a few days of having blood work done her appetite came back and she started eating and drinking anything she could get her hands on and within a few days of her resuming eating her poops were normal again. So the doctor said that it was just from the flu. He was really worried that her liver was having issues thats why all the tests were done. If it happens more than once or without flulike symptoms totally call the doctor.
Jenn

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