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What cause of pale poops from 4 year old child with belly pain ?

hi my 4 year old daughter has pale poops and is crying whilst passing them she was sick on friday and this has happened since apart from when she is on the toilet she is fine
Asked On : Tue, 15 Feb 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
hello kia

It is probable that the pale stools are related to the diarrhoea and sickness that your daughter had on friday.

You don't say if the stools she is passing now are of normal consistenc

So why should the stools be pale?

Stools get their normal colour from bile pigments that come from the gall bladder and liver, and from the action of ‘friendly’ bacteria in the gut that break down food residues.

If you have a gut infection, the balance of these bacteria can get disturbed, and until they recolonise the bowel the stools can be paler than normal.

Once a normal diet is resumed, a normal colour returns over a few days.

There is one other thing I should mention just in case. If there is a blockage of production of bile pigments, then the stools become pale.

This can happen in infections and inflammations of the liver, and are usually accompanied by jaundice (looking yellow, especially the whites of the eyes) and very dark urine.

If this were the case with your daughter, I would expect these signs to be still noticeable, and would expect her to still be unwell.

Clearly if you suspect this problem from my description you should take your daughter to the doctor straight away.

However if she now seems much more normal, and is eating and drinking and active, then I am sure it will be ok to wait a few days, and if the stools return to normal, you will not need to worry further.

If in doubt, just take her to a pediatrician.
i hope i have answered your question.
take care and wish you good health
Answered: Fri, 12 Aug 2011
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Nephrologist Dr. Rakesh Madhyastha's  Response
Thanks for the query
Pale stools are a sign of obstructive jaundice. I suggest a lft and usg abdomen immediately
Have a healthy living
Answered: Fri, 12 Aug 2011
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1.Pale stool may also be shiny or greasy, float, and be foul smelling, due to undigested fat in the stool
2.stool investigation for any giardiasis infection
3.if stool passes too frequently from the gut.
4.any liver pathology
Answered: Fri, 12 Aug 2011
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