Light colored stool and fussiness in 1 year old.

Kayla - posted on 07/20/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 1 on July 8th, but as of the last two days she has been extremely fussy. Nothing is soothing her. Her stool has changed, it's a really light color and is harder than usual. I have tried prune juice to loosen the stool, but it's not doing the trick. I'm at a loss... I don't know how to help her. And I have no clue what light colored stool means?

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Sarah - posted on 07/20/2015

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Did something change in her diet? Did she eat something that you don't know about? In general the only colors to worry about are red, black and white poop. That her poop is light is probably dietary. If she is struggling to have a BM keep feeding her foods like prunes, canned fruit, and give her lots of fluids. You can help relieve belly pain by moving her legs like a bicycle while she lays on her her back, tuck her knees gently into her chest and massage her belly as well. If she really is having a hard time, you may need to use a mini glycerin suppository (but check that with your doctor first)

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Kayla - posted on 07/21/2015

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She's still super fussy, the fever is still there and she is still having the hard/light colored stools.

Sarah - posted on 07/20/2015

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A fever will slow her down for sure. If she is super lethargic, like she doesn't recognize you or you can't wake her up, go to the ER.
Is she teething? That often can cause a fever, but usually diarrhea rather than constipation. If her fever has been present for the last two days and is still present tomorrow, she should see her doctor. It's likely she has a virus, but a fever that lasts three days, should get checked out.

Kayla - posted on 07/20/2015

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She has had a low grade fever, the highest it's gotten is 101.2, and I have been giving her Tylenol for that. She has not been playing as much as usual, she's been a lot more drowsy.

Sarah - posted on 07/20/2015

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Pale, chalky, clay-colored poop can signal liver or gallbladder failure. It looks and feels similar to tan or whitish clay or Play-Doh. This is very uncommon and the fact that your daughter's poop is somewhat yellow is a good sign. If it persists, give your doctor a call in the morning and ask the nurse. Aside from being fussy, she seems alright? No fever, no vomiting, she is alert and active?

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