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Small child, dehydration, fat globular stools, breastfed. Cause of concern?

my grandson is 8 days old and was readmitted to hospital suffering from dehydration . My daughter is trying to breast feed and supplementing this with a bottle. He has fat globular motion every time he passes motion, why is this and is it anything to be concerned about. The midwives did not pass comment on it but we want to check.
Asked On : Mon, 7 Jan 2013
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Its very unusual for a 8 days old baby to get admitted to hospital only for dehydration. Diarrhea in this age group is mostly due to sepsis or some congenital abnormality like primary lactose intolerance or congenital chloride diarrhea.
Feeding with bottle itself is a cause of infection.
In newborn initially pass greenish black colored stool called meconium then it is followed by transitional semisolid stool for 4-5 days. Only after that the child starts passing semiformed golden colored stool.
Also during initial few weeks baby passes stool after every feed known as gastrocolic reflex.
So this frequent passage of fat globular motion is most likely physiological in your case, but as it si associated with dehydration consult your doctor and discuss about the possible causes.
Answered: Mon, 7 Jan 2013
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