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White Substance Covering Child`s Stool

07/15/2010

Question:

Our daughter is 2 1/2 and we have noticed on a couple of occasions that her stool has been small marble size and appears to be covered or partially covered in a white substance (I would describe it as a mildewy covering and my wife - strand like that envelops the feces). Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:

While this situation may turn out to be within normal limits, I encourage you to discuss this with your child's health care provider to help coordinate whether it occurs when certain foods are eaten, after travel to specific locations, etc.  The situation merits an office visit.

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Response by:

Sarah Sauntry, RN, MS, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati