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Baby had pink colored stool. What could be the reason and does it require medical attention?

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My 1 year old has had pink poop twice this week, what could it be, should i go to hospital?
Posted Thu, 5 Jul 2012 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Hema Yadav 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.
Pink coloured stools can most probably be due to any coloring agent in the baby food like fruit punch or cookies or any source. It is not a cause of concern if your child does not have any unusual symptoms like abdominal colic or fever, or diarrhoea or constipation etc
Baby stools can sometimes have different colours depending on their diet( even grey, brown , XXXXXXX etc . But if you think there is a tinge of red or brown blood in stools or if baby has any of the symptoms then it's advisable to consult your pediatrician to rule out significant causes like food allergy or infection.
As of now you neednot worry and nothing needs to be done . If you have introduced anything new to his diet then you may try withholding it to see for any change in the stool colour .
Hope I have answered your query.
I'll be available for any follow up queries
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Follow-up: Baby had pink colored stool. What could be the reason and does it require medical attention? 18 hours later
Thank you for your answer. We have XXXXXXX to the emergency room, wich is our only option since there is no pediatrician and the baby's doctor dosent see people unless you make an appointement 2 months in advance, also he is leaving and there will be no more family doctor. However the emergency room doctor seemed to think he might be constipated. Thank you again for your time
Have a nice day
Answered by Dr. Hema Yadav 3 hours later
Thanks for the follow up.
Constipation is a common problem in infants and usually resolves as the child grows with improved digestion , plenty of water intake and a nutritious diet XXXXXXX in fibre ( fruits(especially citrus fruits) , leafy vegetables etc.
Wishing your baby good health forever.

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