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what could cause pale stools?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
DD's had really pale stools several times in the last couple of weeks. What could cause this? Nothing's changed in her diet recently and she's been off all her allergens (including gluten) for a long time.
post #2 of 10
lack of bile production.
post #3 of 10
Lots of fatty dairy.

My three year old went on a yogurt and cottage cheese bender... cottage cheese and noodles, cottage cheese and fruit, cottage cheese and zuchini...with lots of asking for milk too... he even had icecream for desert..

The bender lasted two day.. and the poop was nearly white... definately pale...

he out grew all of his clothes a week later.
post #4 of 10
I had that happen when I had gall bladder stones.
post #5 of 10
Yeah, deifintely lack of bile in the stools. Bile is needed for fat digestion. If you increase fat substantially and gallbladder/liver is not in best shape, you'll have a fat digestion issue. This stress can be caused by a low-fat diet, or a diet with the wrong type of fats. Gallbladder needs proper fats in proper amounts to function well.
As for your daughter, this could perhaps be the result of a built-up issue with fat digestion (which is why this might be occurring despite no change in diet). You should look at her diet and see if there's something that could be causing this.
post #6 of 10
Could it be that she's nursing more too? I have no idea if she's still nursing but that tends to happen when my DD insists on more milk some days. When she had the stomach flu, it reverted to infant like stools since all she could have without it coming back up was breast milk.

I hope it's something simple!
post #7 of 10
I'd consider a digestive enzyme to help her break down the fat while you figure out how to help her produce more bile. I use the one by Houston Neutraceuticals.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
So if it's lack of bile, why wouldn't it show up all the time? She eats roughly the same amount of fat every day so I don't understand why the pale stools have only happened a few times.

I do have some digestive enzymes...I don't know how much lipase is in them but if it seems like a decent amount I can give her enzymes if the stool problems continue.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by boobybunny View Post
Lots of fatty dairy.

My three year old went on a yogurt and cottage cheese bender... cottage cheese and noodles, cottage cheese and fruit, cottage cheese and zuchini...with lots of asking for milk too... he even had icecream for desert..

The bender lasted two day.. and the poop was nearly white... definately pale...
My 4 yr old will occasionally go a day or two without seeming to eat anything but raw milk. His poop is always white after that. I never worry- it changes back pretty quick. He thinks it's cool!
post #10 of 10
It's possible that on certain days her liver/gallbladder may be stressed enough to produce pale stools. here's good explanation of causes of abnormal stools:
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/gett...d/a/stools.htm
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