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Infant passes sticky soft fuel smelling stool. what could the cause be?

Hi doctor, I am having a baby who is 10 month old. for last 3 days she is passing sticky soft fuel smelling stool . What is the reason? Am feeding her paste of Dal rice along with vegetables (beet, carrot, bottle guard and sometimes pumkin). In the morning i give her rawa sheera. Can you please suggest what i will do and what her causing to pass such type of stool?
Asked On : Thu, 11 Oct 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response

Thank you for your query.

At the age of 10 months a baby tends to put everything in her mouth and there can be a number of reasons for passing the stool described by you. In case she is not passing more than 5-6 semi-solid to liquid stools you need not worry. You can increase curd, over ripe banana and observe. In case this type of stool persists you can get a routine examination done.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction.

Wishing your daughter all the best...


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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014

Thanks for writing in.

Passing mucus in the stool is not harmful in and of itself, but more common causes of mucus in stool includes bacterial overgrowth and food allergies and sensitivities. They are often easily corrected with dietary changes and supplements that may require treatment.

some other causes are :-
* Teething.
* Babies suck on to anything they can lay their hands on, including their own body parts. This along with the drooling would result in an increase in the amount of saliva in the mouth. This saliva may contain irritants or germs which on reaching the intestine may result in a stomach upset causing runny stools containing mucus.

It is important to take the advice of the physician so that the underlying cause resulting in the mucus could be treated first.
If the condition can be correlated to any element in the mother’s diet in breast feed babies, then it will be essential for the mom to revisit her diet .

Hope I have answered your query.

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