poop smells like mothballs

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Poop's Mommy asks:

I have a 2-year old daughter and whenever she poops, it smells like moth balls! It is awful! I have only noticed it in the past month - does this signify that she is missing some vitamin or something in her diet ... or is she just a smelly pooper?


Dear Poop's Mommy,

NAPHTHLALENE and PARADICHLOROBENZENE are the two major chemicals used in the formulation of mothballs. Both are potentially very toxic. Paradichlorobenzene is also used in diaper pail deodorizer.

Babies and small children that are exposed to the fumes from these chemicals can be affected. Liver toxicity and seizures are a few of the more serious effects that can be caused by exposure.

Chickens that have been exposed to moth balls that have been placed around gardens have been known to produce eggs that are inedible due to them smelling or tasting like mothballs.

If your daughter has not been exposed to diaper pail chemicals, mothball contaminated chickens and/or their eggs, or clothing that has been stored in a container with actual moth balls that have not been washed before wearing, you can request that her pediatrician perform a simple blood test to determine if there are any vitamin deficiencies or other chemical imbalances. But chances are, she just stinks.

Thanks for asking Motherload!

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123 Comments on "poop smells like mothballs"

daphne's picture
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It has just occurred to me that since we know the "poop molecules" are skatole and indole, someone should be able to tell us what the "mothball smell" is, chemically.

Once we can label the chemical smell in mothballs, I bet a chemist would be able to tell us what makes it and how our body could make it.

Oh, and to "everyone poops", congrats on your weight loss. It's always a good feeling to drop unwanted pounds.


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daphne,

I think it was determined back at the beginning of this thread that the two major chemicals in mothballs are NAPHTHLALENE and PARADICHLOROBENZENE . Unsure whether either can be produced by the body, but I am willing to bet that they can...

Oh, and thank you for your congratulations =) It is nice to get back into a healthy routine after a winter of feeling blue (I live in the Pac NW and the winter here is mild temperature-wise, but we don't see a lot of sunlight).

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Jeez. Thank you. I should have caught that, about the chemicals. And I live in Western Washington, (me too! pac nw rules) and my son suffers from the seasonal depression some people get due to a lack of sunlight. This year I bought him a sunlight lamp and St. John's Wort, and it helped tremendously. So, in a few months, we'll have what - a whopping 7 hours of night? Amazing that in December, the nights are almost 14 hours. Yes, it's weird up here.


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daphne,

Where did you find a good sunlight lamp? I have been thinking about getting one, but never seem to see them for sale anywhere. Strange, since living here you'd think you would see them all voer the place!

everybody poops's picture

Crazy that we would run into a fellow Washingtonian on a website devoted to poop- classic!

Elana's picture

Will someboday PAleeeeeeeeese figure out why poop smells like mothballs. I have it again. I do notice my stomach is not happy when I have it. I am not on antibiotics. I do have Celiac. I am not losing or gaining weight. I take Probiotics. I noticed it the first time after I had a nasty antibiotic. I think it really hurt my stomach. It was called Cifnidar or something similar. My Gastro had never heard of this, nor my GP. Surely if people are finding this site, there have to be a bunch of other people that have it that aren't going to come to the poop site :). Let us know if someone finds out what it is. I would also like to know what rare diseases are associated with that. Thanks

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Elana, STOP EATING MOTHBALLS!_______
Did I just fart?.... hope so!

I hope to god I've just sat in a Shepard's pie.

Everyone Poops's picture

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/phs10.html

This website about dichlorobenzenes might be helpful. It is one of the chemicals used in mothballs, and other deoderizers and can actually be found in the pesticides they use on fruits and veggies. It says that it can be expelled through poop, but only about 1-2% of the time.

Hope that is helpful.

babymothballpoomommy's picture

My 17 month old just started having unsupervised visitations with his father. He has not seen his "dada" since he was 4 months. After returning from his father's, every 1st and sometimes 2nd bm ALWAYS smells like "moth balls" and I, too, spoke with my pediatrician. He told me that the "sample" reaked of moth balls (even in 3 separate ziplock baggies). He assured me that it was just the change in diet, being shuffled back and forth, not getting enough fluids by dad, etc... I know that my "soon to be ex husband" is a finatic about air fresheners and that concerns me, but being in the medical field, the point about the bacteria increase in the GI tract due to stress makes perfect sense. Maybe stress causes babies to have the increase in bacteria, thus resulting in the smell?????

Mommy Worried about Stinky Poo's picture

OK, I too, am laughing that this entire page is about moth ball smelling poop. But it just goes to show how insanely wierd this whole thing is. My 5 month old has such a stench to her poo that my 3 year old says, "Mommy, I smell a Grandma," when she poops. So, here are the odd changes in our life that have happened recently that may help connect the dots.

1) She is breastfed primarily with one formula bottle per day - Enfamil Lipil. I asked me pediatrician and he said to try Gentlease, that it might be the cow proteins that she is having trouble with.

2) We just got back from the beach - maybe the water down there is different.

3) I am losing weight (but the baby is not). Each time post pregnancy that I begin to taper off breastfeeding, I begin to lose weight pretty rapidly.

4) I have eaten shrimp and fresh seafood more frequently (see previous reference to the beach).

5) I am on an anti-depressant (Lexapro) but have been for a few months and this smelly change is only a week and a half old.

6) Don't eat all that much in probiotic department

7) The baby and I both had a nasal drip from a cold - seems to be a common denominator, but my poop doesn't stink (like moth balls anyway).

Sure wish I knew.

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I just read an article that states paradichlorobenzene is often found in fish that have been caught in contaminated waters! It is also found in our drinking water more than it should be.

It's very possible that the fish you ate, transferred to your child via breastmilk, caused the smell.


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Anonymous Coward's picture

I went on a date first last night with a guy who I think farted or it was the lady sitting directly behind me and it stank like moth balls. It could only have been a fart because it was a really strong smell, but then disappeared. Ew! I thought it may be Japanese food that causes it? Thank God for this site, and Google for helping me find it. There will be no second date by the way!

Anonymous stinker's picture

I have researched this quite a bit and found that it is related to Camphor in that the smell is the same. The odors are the same and the antibiotic/flora responses are right on the money. When it occurs in the mouth it can be thrush caused by the same flora. It can also be caused in the bowels from consuming antacids or indigestion remedies. Acidophilus is a natural cure which is found in supplements and yogurt. To the Moms, check with the Dr. for the kids. Thrush can be seen as a white substance on the tongue.

Mommy Worried about Stinky Poo's picture

My daughter has stinky moth ball poo again and she has thrush for the second time. Thank you for the help. I'm assuming that the first time she had it was the reason for the first round of moth ball poop. She is on diflucan and so am I. I hope there will never ever be moth ball poop in my life again.

Elana's picture

When you talk about thrush I am wondering if it is a candida yeast problem. Have any of you been on a lot of antibiotics? I have. I can agree about the post nasal drip, and the digestion issues. I wonder if they are a common denominator. Mine comes and goes. I do however take a lot of probiotics, but still have the issue on and off. I tend to be more constipated when this moth ball smell happens. It would be nice if the doctors actually knew something about this.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I can't believe this is truly a problem.For over a year my husbands daily poop smells like moth balls. Weird as he is he doesn't eat fish, milk, or eggs. He does eat alot of pears.He rather die before ever taking any antibiotics.He does have perioldontal disease.He may have developed bad flora like canditis from his 50 year daily pasta and bread diet Maybe the bacteria creeped in his intestinal track? My mother said before her friend died of colon cancer her poop smelled very bad.I wasn't gonna google mothball smellin poop for him because whatever the remedy hes to stuborn to take it.BUT TODAY I who is always constipated, but my sh-- never stinks.I who eats a well balanced diet. I who hides my toothbrush so theres never a mistake. I will not kiss him.At the beach today smelt this smell and realized this time it was coming from the mucus in my nose. I must have caught it fromm him. So I had to google it. This is an epidemic HELP!

intestinalrevolt's picture

I am not sure if anyone is still checking up on this page, but if I can add a few symptoms I have noticed with my smelly stool. (Mind you, I actually prefer that smell over the regular poop smell.) I have been noticing for a year or so that my stool smells strange. I kept describing this as a tar smell, but found no information on this.

Today someone donated lots of old clothes to my job and I was instantly reminded of what moth balls smell like. Than I realized it is very similar to what I was describing as tar. So just to clarify, do mothballs and tar smell similar?

Anyway, I have a few more symptoms to add and some similarities to what has been discussed.

For two years or so, I have been dealing with not digesting much comfortably. I would get either constipated or loose stool. This started getting really bad about a year ago. Around the same time I was getting bad headaches, lacked energy, very tender in the abdominal area, and felt cloudy and unable to focus. I sometimes had this tarry smell to my stool.

Recently all these symptoms became unbearable and I noticed my stool was alternating between almost black and real real light. Light stool was loose and dark stool small and harder. Both smelled always smell like tar.

As an avid pepto bismol taker, I recognized the smell and the color from what my stool looks and acts like for a few days after I take pepto. However, I haven't taken any in a while so I new something was up.

I started having horrible muscle and joint pains, went to the doctor. Unfortunately I never thought to mention the smelly stool. I didn't think it was related. He ran some blood tests. He found my B12 levels were low, which seems to account for all those other symptoms.

This is now a few weeks later and taking daily B12 has changed my life tremendously. However the one thing that is still there is that smell. I also find it to be stronger. I really am wondering if there is a connection with the B12 and odor. I found since I began taking the B12 that I barely even think about needing to go to the bathroom anymore. It used to sort of run my life before. Since the B12, I noticed no stomach discomfort and it is so easy to go to the bathroom. I barely even pass gas anymore. It is also now regular normal poop color. There has to be a connection.

But, the smell is still there.

Now the other symptom I have had for a while that no one else has mentioned is that my urine also smells funny. It has had a chemical odor and is always very yellow despite the large amount of water I drink. That being said, I really believe this has something to do with my liver. B12 is related to the liver, so perhaps my levels were low because of something else going on, or perhaps the low B12 messed with my liver.

So, I wonder have any of you mothball smelling folks had your B12 levels tested?

As far as the commonalities, I too have the nasal drip and my sinuses are acting crazy. I also have been fighting a yeast infection for the longest time. I am seeing my doctor about this in fear it is not a yeast infection, and definitely plan on mentioning this odor issue.

I will definitely post if I find something out.

I really think this is a medical issue and am so surprised that all of us are wondering about it, but information about it is rare. I am leaning towards this being bacteria issue, a vitamin issue, or a absorption issue with the liver.

Maybe we need to figure out what the medical term for mothball smell is.

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This is for 'Mommie Smells MB' who posted on 2.22.2008 (and for others who also mentioned constipation): I, too, have dealt with constipation my whole life, with the resulting moth ball smelling poop. I've tried stool softeners, lots of fluids, lots of fruits and veggies and even an herb tea (my kids called it 'Mom's Poop Tea') once prescribed by a chiropractor who swore it would end my constipation (it didn't). What I have found that works wonderfully is flax seed meal. If I eat it daily I have no constipation at all, and as a result, normal smelling poop! I sprinkle it on toast, cereal, or whatever I'm eating for breakfast. It is an excellent source of essential fatty acids and fiber, and keeps me happy and regular.

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If I had a child whose poop smelled like mothballs I would keep
her diaper pail in the closet with my woolens to protect them.

Eat chilies and feel the burn!!

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

fortherecord's picture

My 9 month old has had some BMs that smell like moth balls. With all the crazy stuff I hear about dog food and poison I started to get worried that maybe his baby cereal could have some dangerous chemical in it. After reading this thread it does not seem to be the case. But for the record...my son is breast fed (never had formula), I mostly make my own baby food from fresh fruits and veg (not all organic), he does eat commercial baby food (both Gerber and Natures Best Oatmeal and Mixed Grains.) If others have had a similar experience let me know so I can determine if it could be something in baby cereal. Thanks.

marcienbassett's picture

Hey again!... well it's BAAAaaaack!!
Damnation!!
Yep, I mean mothballs stinky feces!
and I am a bit constipated and I am losing weight all cause I am just not that hungry lately... now this time it is related to a lupus flare up... but the fecal moth ball smell? where does it come from?... maybe just from the change in diet, bowel habits change from that and voila... flora changes and the odor appears?!... who knows... just thought I'd check back and see if there were any magical 'cures' since last time I posted.... but *sigh* nope... not this time anyhow.... hopefully very soon!!!

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Hey everybody.......this is a poop related humor site, not an oh my God I'm dying site. If you have a possible life threatening
condition you should see a doctor.

If you, or one of you're loved ones, has poop that smells of moth balls, you are blessed. If your poop smelled like buffalo balls or skunk balls you would have to come up with cash for a new bathroom.
Moth balls are tiny and do not have that much of an objectionable odor.

If you are talking about mothballs that are used to protect woolens from the ravages of insects you are missing a golden opportunity. Take your child around to the homes of the wealthy and charge them a healthy fee to deposit shit on their minks and sables. PETA will applaud your efforts.


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Eat chilies and feel the burn!!

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

mrs poop's picture

I have read every persons comment on here, because my daughter is 12 months old, and her poop smells of such...mothballs.
I think that the constipation thing seems to be right on the money.
My daughter has had problems with constipation for 5 months now, and I have tried everything. I recently took her off dairy, and feed her pears, peaches, broccoli and she still smells like mothballs every day for about a week now, I believe that it is because it stays in the gut for so long, and causes a chemical change in the intestines.
Yogurt may help, as well dairy restriction, and the Celiac thing is also very good. Thanks for the help. Didn't think any one else has this before!

Mich's picture

AWW some people are joking.... but it is a bit funny , but not if it actually leads to cancer. I have read that antihistamines lead to mothball breath , i guess it could come out in feces... also from too much yeast although many choose not to believe this.

looking for clues's picture

recently noticed - my poop smells like moth balls or whatever that chemical is

constipation, celiac, probiotics, dehydration, fish, all ring true for me as parallel potential sources - especially the dehydration - and I am disturbed that it may be tap water

and I am amazed that there is a threadonline about this topic

Anonymous Coward's picture

I'm a male & 63 years old. I'm here because I've had this "mothball" problem for over a year now. I smoked for 45 years, and finally quit by going to smokeless tobacco, (pouches)about 2 Yrs ago. This is the only major change to diet or lifestyle I can think of. As far as I know I'm healthy. I'm regular, and very active for my age. I guess the only way to know for sure is to quit tobacco altogether. If I'm able to I'll come back here & post results.

stinkybaby'smommy's picture

my 5 month old (breastfed, w/ some formula supplement) has the mothball smelling poop. Her environment and diet are the same as my older daughters when she was an infant. No one has been on medication or been around weird chemicals or deodorizers...all of my cleaning products are green products. It's been going on for a few months now...an answer as to what's going on would be great. I don't even wear wool!

Thinkin & Stinkin's picture

It's amazing what google will come up with. All I wanted to know was if there was a reason behind my mothball smelly poop and I found a whole poopulation, both young and old, of fellow smellys. Glad to know I'm not alone in this. I will try the flax seed suggestion. If it works, I'll post back.

big smelly poopie's picture

well, maybe she ate a hippo named George and it had gonerah? :)

E's Mom's picture

My 3 year old daughter has had mothball smelling poop on and off for a few months now....glad to know there are others out there that are trying to figure this out. She has had no exposure to mothballs (I can't stand the nasty things!) and eats a healthy diet. She does take natural gummy vitamins regularly, including a fish oil vitamin, and I wonder if that has anything to do with it. The smell is so strong, and takes a long time to leave the room. Sounds like there's no clear answers, but I hope someone will come up with something soon! Her Aunt does have celiac, so maybe we should get her tested for that again. Good luck to all you mothballers from a mothballer mommy!

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Moth ball smelling poop? Never heard of it, but I've heard of coffee-smelling piss. Shit Volcano, I've never witnessed strawberry smelling piss
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intestinalrevolt's picture

Just found out I have Lyme Disease. I don't know if it has anything to do with this, but figured I would throw that out there. Because of this, it makes me wonder if the smell is related to some of the more serious ideas suggested in this thread. Lupus and Celiac Disease are frequently a lyme byproduct, so maybe this is a sign of an autoimmune thing.

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after about a year and a half of smelling mothballs in my 3 and a half year olds diaper,i decided enough was enough and googled it.should have done this awile ago,but 2 pediatricians,a neurologist, and a handful of nutritionists all say its just what he ate that day.he has on and off constipation and alternates between eating prunes and bananas to help with this.(fun.)no testing has been done for this particular problem,however we have tested for celiac disease,parasites,and allergies.we have a positive soy allergy and have since removed all soy.also,from the age of 4 months to 13 months he had constant sinus infections.we would treat with antibiotics,he would get well,then he would get sick again.his pediatrician told me babies under a year do not have environmental allergies,i believed her because i was a brand new mom and what the hell did i know.they finally gave in to my constant prodding,and tested him for allergies(no soy allergy at this time,by the way).guess what?turns out the doctor didnt know what she was talking about and my son was allergic to our pet ferrets!since clariten and other meds were not working,i gave them away.my son got better IMMEDIATELY!he has not had another sinus infection or course of antibiotics since!thats 2 and a half years of no antibiotics,so its not recent antibiotic use causing our mothball smell.there is one thing i did not see mentioned anywhere in here,my son has autism.does anyone else have that in common.or think they could have that in common with us?perhaps the lady way at the top with the child with the large head?large heads are often a strange unexplained symptom of aspergers syndrome(a mild form of autism that my son has.he too has a large head.)our local early intervention had us start on probiotics immediately after his diagnosis(which was not until 6 months ago thanks again to the idiot doctor,but that is for a differnet message board!)they told me that when you have been on numerous courses of antibiotics in a short period of time your body can have yeast overgrowth in the gut.you need to eat the probiotics to help clear it out.its like an infection in there.antibiotics will only make this worse!you just dont feed the fire!im thinking of trying the diflucan,however.jenny mccarthy used diflucan with her autistic son to help with his yeast overgrowth.the doctors never mentioned that we should take probiotics along with the antibiotics.early intervention said he should have been on them along!he also eats yogurt every day.he has less bloating since stopping the soy consumption,but still have on and off constipation.this seems to be the times when we smell mothballs.so very confusing!thank you to those who have identified the chemicals in mothballs!right after this,im gonna google them to see if my son could be making them in his little body.and tomorrow we are calling a gastroenterologist and whoever else we have to call,because something strange is going on if ALL these people here have this too!once again his doctors seem to know nothing!hope our experiences have shed a little light on someones situation.i will check back in soon.

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D's Mom, I'm glad you kept looking for answers...Daphne is gonna love you. Thanks for sharing your experience.


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David Diarrhea's picture

I had diarrhea off and on for four months! I tried the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast), but only had limited success. Then I figured I should eat something constipating and that might solve my problem. I saw online that cheese is constipating, so I started melting Swiss cheese in my rice. That did the trick. As long as I eat rice with melted Swiss cheese, my diarrhea is gone.

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I'm going to guess that the mothsmell comes from something being ingested. If it isn't the ingestion of something then it could be because of lack of digesting enzymes for the type of food eaten or mabe its something like sugar diabetes or some othe illness going undetected that makes poo smell mothbally.
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Anonymous Coward's picture

Wow I can't believe all the comments!

I have noticed a couple times here and there that my poop smells like mothballs. I finally decided to google it and this is the first site I found. It's amazing. I have no answers, but here's something. My poop does smell like mothballs today. I made quesadillas last night and forgot to wash the green pepper and poblano. On occassion I have forgotten to wash fresh fruit. Someone on here suggested that Dichlorobenzene (and the other chemicals in mothballs) can be absorbed in our digestive tracts from food. I wonder? Maybe my poop smells like mothballs when I forget to wash my fruits & veggies?

Also, I have gastritis and have been taking Omeprazole. My stomach isn't bothering me anymore, but I've always had a problem with constipation and the Omeprazole helps me poop so I keep taking it. I don't recall my poop ever smelling like this before, and I've been taking the Omeprazole for about a month. Maybe it's caused by the Omeprazole?

My other theory is it's from the years of not pooping regularly. Like the poop just died inside? I know, gross.

Anyway, I'd be really interested to find out. I just googled Celiac disease to find out what it is and I think I might want to get tested for that. While I hardly ever have diarrhea, I recognize a couple other symptoms. If it turns out I might have it, I'll let you all know. It could be a common thread.

And by the way, I am lactose intolerant. I love cheese and eat it often.

So glad to know I'm not alone in this mothball-poop-smelling world!

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My poop sits in me for a long time. i have taken omeprazole in the past. i have not ever had mothball smelling poop.
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Anonymous Coward's picture

Check for Diabetes if you are having an odd mothball odor.
one suggestion is that the blood sugar level is too low
diabetes is not limited to fat people!

ramona's picture

i have a 12 week old baby who has such a strong smelling moth ball poo that it burns my nose i have been tring to find out why this is he is on similac sensative laco free fomula and this has been going on for just about 1 1/2 months i`m worried cause he had a severe case of jaundice when he was born i wonder if the liver could have been affected and just not diognosed he also has been diagnosed with allergies if anyone can give me any new info about this please let me know

Anonymous Coward's picture

The people that have posted about nasal drip and constipation are right. I would doubt that any chemicals in diaper pails or other products are responsible. Someone mentioned the gross "pebbles" that stunk that they would cough up. I had chronic bad breath and noticed the strong smell of moth balls. My tonsils were always inflamed and one day I discovered if I pushed on them the gross yellow stinky pebbles would fall out. They smelled like poop and mothballs. The Ear Noise Throat guy said it was mixture of food and nasal drainage and the bacteria was responsible for the foul smell as they lingered in the back of my throat basically rotting. Well I got my tonsils out at 35 and no more stink balls and no more moth ball breath. As far as the moth ball poop, the same mucus that caused my bad breath can be present in constipated poop. I have experienced constipation and happened to notice mucus present in the stool. And guess what, it smelled like moth balls. If I were a betting man I would say that the culprit is nasal/sinus drainage and/or constipation or both. Get rid of the drainage and constipation and the moth balls will go back to Grandma's. Most of these post just verify what I already believed and that is that doctors are totally ignorant for the most part. If it fits in their neat little programmed box they can puke out a diagnosis, but let it be something unusual or outside the box and they just dismiss it, which is even more ignorant. I'm for replacing doctors with computers. State your symptons and then it pukes out a prescription or tells you to take a test and then pukes out a prescription when the test results come back. If the computer can't solve the problem then you actually go to someone that knows how to thing and solve problems. Anyone idiot with rich enough parents can go to med school. We need problem solvers for afflictions that don't fit their neat little flow charts.

MomX2's picture

Okay, this strand of info has been so helpful to me I wanted to share the mothball smelling poop solution that worked for us. First, of all the Doctor was NO HELP and don't even get me started on that topic. Also its important to note that since our Doctor was so resistant to do even BASIC testing it is possible that there is still a larger issue in play here that remains unknown.
First of all my 5 month old developed the mothball smelling poop that most of you all describe at around 3 months. Each and every BM would burn your nose, throat, and eyes when changing her diaper. It is also important to note this all started after a serious bout of constipation. I was never really taken seriously by my infants Doctor or her staff and was mostly treated like an idiot who was making stuff up or AT BEST an annoying Mom that needed to leave them alone. They said the Doctor knew ALOT about this subject(clearly a lie, no Doctor knows alot about this)and its was something in our environment, which wasted about two months of my time and $200 dollars doing various testing and changing things in our environment.
After reading and reading some more,especially this site,I decided it could be celiac disease or lactose issue.Since my Doctor won't even do a stool or blood test I was left to try removing lactose from her diet.I knew from a previous try with soy formula when the constipation first started but no mothball smell yet that it made her more constipated so I also make sure to give her things in her diet to help with that like pears and prunes.Ironically the mothball poop was usually very watery but not always.
Basically less then 24 hours after removing lactose from her diet the mothball smell and dark color(greenish black) was gone and has not yet come back.Knock on wood.Hope this helps someone else!

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MomX2.....My daughter is an RN and will attest to the fact that while there are many excellent doctors practicing today, there are also many arrogant assholes who think they know it all. I almost died several years ago when a doctor refused to believe my breathing problems were caused by disease and insisted I had pulmonary edema because I was fat.

I had a low grade temperature and coughed up phlegm for about two months while making repeated trips to his office to receive the same diagnosis. I was slowly suffocating and was so miserable I actually contemplated suicide (the only time in an otherwise happy life).

Finally my heart decided to give up and started fibrillating one morning, I drove myself to the ER and by the time I arrived my heart rate was 160 and my blood pressure was dangerously low.

I spent well over a week in the ICU and several weeks in the hospital while I was treated for the bacterial pneumonia that almost killed me. After a course of treatment that included draining over 3 liters of fluid from my lungs with a chest tube and taking thousands of dollars worth of antibiotics I was cured.

Since then I have never been shy about asking for, or even demanding, a second opinion.


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Anonymous Coward's picture

interesting site..everything we are exposed to internally & externally effects us. I was living in a house recently when I noticed my BM's were smelling strange..chemical like. I started feeling strange, same symptoms as others on here. My daughter started then my son and before we knew it everyone was up and down being sick. I have major allergies and after some research we discovered "mold" in the house. We moved and our health is fine and for me no chemical smelling poop. We also considered other factors with the house as well. Paint, filters & heating system etc..

Anonymous Coward's picture

If my son has an "accident" in his pants, I actually have to throw away his underwear. I CANNOT get the mothball smell out of his underwear no matter how many times I wash them. When he is going to the bathroom upstairs, I can smell the mothball smell all the way downstairs. I think part of the problem is that he holds in his poop for too long. I am afraid that he is absorbing toxins from the poop sitting in his colon for extended periods. He eats lots of yogurt and ice cream, so maybe lactose is the problem. He also has foul breath, so maybe sinus drainage is part of it too. I wish I could get some answers. I have heard before that you could get your stool analyzed for $200-$300. I am going to check into that for my son, because his stinky poop smell is driving me crazy, and is very embarrasing.

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Today, my poo stinks like mold because I ate asparagus last evening. It is very strong. Not gagging but definitely not sweet. Mabe it is more on the lines of a Mrs. C. poo smell.
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Mommy of a mothball baby's picture

Hey everyone - I know this post is old, but my two and a half year old has had moth ball smelling poop since she has been one year old. NO ONE has been able to help us. She also gets hives on her face so I am assuming its an allergic reaction. I am really positive she has Celiac Disease and that is why her poop smells like that. She is also small in weight for her age and has problems gaining weight.

She is seeing a GI specialist tomorrow and hopefully he has some answers for us. But seriously - many people have Celiac Disease and do not realize it.

Mothball poop research's picture

I have been searching for years about the mothball smell in stools. I have read the thread on this site a few times over the past year or so. I found this today and thought it was interesting.

http://www.wellsphere.com/exercise-article/ammonia-odor-caused-by-common-stomach-bacteria/237132

I dont know what ammonia smells like compared to moth balls but I wonder If I am smelling ammonia in the stools? Has anyone else thought about this?

ChiliKahKah's picture
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Maybe line the dresser drawers to take advantage of the mothball smell.

Anonymous Coward's picture

Please check the links at the end of this post. The second sentence of the first link is;

"Some folks confuse the smell of camphor (mothballs) with ammonia, a byproduct of decomposition."

The third sentence in the second link is;

"To smell like ammonia, you have to eat a lot of protein or be infected with a germ called helicobacter."

If you have read both links then you might agree to start thinking about the protein that you or your baby are ingesting. What kind and quantity of protein is in your baby's formula? Do you take supplemental protein? If you aren't ingesting too much protein maybe your body can't digest it properly. Food allergy or intolerance? Inherent deficiency in enzymes? Pancreas liver function?

You might also want to consider if you or your baby have a helicobacter infection. Maybe mention this site and the articles to your family doctor. There is a simple breath test for the bacteria.

Does this seem possible to the rest of you?

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/If_the_smell_of_the_mothballs_in_your_garage_has_permeated_into_the_refrigerator_in_the_garage..._is_the_food_in_the_refrigerator_dangerous

http://www.wellsphere.com/exercise-article/ammonia-odor-caused-by-common-stomach-bacteria/237132

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