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Child has fishy smelling stool that looks grey in color with white dots. Cause?

Apr 2013
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My 9 month old daughter has fishy smelling stool that looks grey in color with white little dots..she does not have a fever and seems to be acting ok. What could be wrong? Her diet has not changed..
Posted Sat, 12 Oct 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein 3 hours later
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usually it isnt indicating anything serious. Most commonly it indicates temporary intestinal absorbtion problems caused probably just by mild enterocolitis and it shouldnt last for more than 2-3 days. She should just be well hydrated and give her easier food in next 24-48 hours (tea,water, fruit,vegetables).avoid sweets.
If this last longer than I said, then it you should check her stool to verify infections(bacterial,parasite) and bile secretion function by checking liver enzymes and bilirubin.
If there is blood in stool, visible worms, or exscessive diarrhea,you should visit doctor as soon as possible.
Wish you good health. Feel free to ask. Regards
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