Ask Nurse Jenny: Why Is My Baby's Poop Grainy?
Her baby is pooping a sandbox?Stephanie asks:
My daughter, age three, will sometimes have very grainy poops. The first time this happened, I thought she managed to get sand in her diaper. Then I realized, "Wait, she hasn't played in a sandbox in awhile."
She eats what I and her dad do; and although we don't have the best diet, it's not the worst. Neither of us have constipation or sandy poop.
It literally looks like sand and is hard to wipe clean. She does love her milk, though. She was born with a cleft palate and had a Mic-Key's feeding tube for the first nine months of her life. We always seemed to have problems with the tube, and we ended up not using it at all during the last two months before it was removed. The outside on the skin around the tube didn't look good, so I'm wondering if the inside is the same. Could a lot of scar tissue be a reason for sandy poop?
Normally she'll poop daily or every other, and its a turd. She doesn't like to eat much and, I'm wondering if the tube might have done any damage to her stomach. She doesn't seem to be in pain. My concern is the sandy poop, as it seemed to start after the tube was removed.
Every bit of information that you have given suggests that your baby is suffering from an inability to digest a substance in her diet. That you would have removed her feeding tube -- or not used it for the extent that you were supposed to -- is not good. Your baby is a baby, meaning it has baby digestive enzymes, baby bones, and baby problems. When a doctor puts a feeding tube into a baby, there is a reason.
I am terribly concerned that you removed the feeding tube early. Your baby needed this tube to supersede a part of its digestive system. Because you introduced foods too early, my fear is that you may have actually created an allergy in your child. Remember, when foods are introduced too early, like peanuts, allergies arise. This is the body's reaction to a foreign body before it can accept it.
The real problem with grainy poop is that it suggests the pooper cannot digest gluten. Stephanie, since you removed the feeding tube so early, it is possible that these grainy poops are your child's allergic reaction to gluten.
My professional opinion is that you immediately have your child tested for a gluten allergy and for Celiac disease. In the immediate future, please avoid all gluten foods when feeding your child. Here is a great link for what you can feed your child in the meantime.
Nothing is more important that a doctor's orders when new life is concerned.
Please be advised that I am only a Poonurse. I am NOT a medical doctor. Any advice I give should be taken with moderate skepticism. Please consult a REAL medical doctor if you feel you have a serious medical condition.
-- Nurse Jenny
Nurse Jenny is a registered dialysis technician who cleans blood for a living. She also has raised four beautiful children by herself. She knows poop and every other substance the body excretes.
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