Acidic Poop??

Rebekah - posted on 04/15/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I have a 15 month old son. Lately he has been having what I call 'acid poop'. Its yellow and watery and has an almost yeast like smell. If he poops his diaper at night, the next morning his bottom is blistered. We've never had a problem with diaper rash; This seems more like a burn than a rash. I read on Yahoo a lady who had a doctor give her a prescription ointment once for yeast infection for her son who was having the same problem and she said the ointment didn't seem to work that well. We leave his diaper off for awhile and it clears up. Has anyone else had this problem or know what causes it?

He won't eat solid foods- but will eat babyfood. And he's drinking like he's been dehydrated. A TON of milk/water/diluted juice etc. I've cut back on the juice, and I always mix it 3/4 water- 1/4 juice. He usually doesn't like straight water, but today he's been drinking it like it was milk.

Also, this morning he threw up... but he's been acting fine. Laughing, smiling, talking. Before he threw up he was happy- and immediately after he was also.

Any ideas? Thanks!!

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Angela - posted on 11/16/2012

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He may be teething. My son only gets acid poop when he is teething. He is also extra thirsty because of all the drooling. I give him Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin) when his crying and pulling constantly trying to chew on something, like his fingers. I also, give him all the formula or breast milk he wants.If the pain is not to bad I try to just keep him busy and distracted and save the medication for nap time.



When he gets a red bottom, the cornstarch and Milk of Magnesia (Magnesium Hydroxide) or Maalox (Aluminum Hydroxide and Magnesium Hydroxide) is a good ideas. To prevent a red bottom, I am diligent about the diaper cream at every diaper change when he is teething.

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2011

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It is possible that he actually IS dehydrated. I would give him as much water as he wants, and even try some gatorade. By 15 months old, my son had his first round of gastroenteritis complete with acid poo and lack of appetite ( for a total of 10 days!!). He always liked to drink out of Mommy's drink, so we shared some gatorade G2 ( it has a milder flavor and isn't crammed with sugar). If he is having issues with yeast, an acidophilis supplement should help within a day or two--check with his doc to see if he has any favorites.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 04/22/2011

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Fruits are veeery acidic so this could be the cause if he's drinking and eating fruits. Try switching to veggie foods, and just the applejuice water mixture and see if it helps. My boyfriends mom said my boyfriend would get extreme almost instant horrid diaper rash after he ate peaches, so she would have to watch him carefully when he ate them and he LOVED them so she was always on that bandwagon lol so it could be one thing throwing your son off :) Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2011

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I would advise pedialyte, not gatorade, pedialyte is made foe dehydrated kids, and if you look at a gatorade label it has a ton of sugar :p when I made the first time mommy mistake of thinking that tons of fruit juice was good for my little boy, then had a heart attack when I discovered blood in his diaper from all the acid, my dr advised to mix aquaphor (helps heal skin) and mint flavored mylanta ( to cancel out the acid (mint flavored just makes it feel good lol) worked really well :)

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2011

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I have 4 kids, and have delt with this quite a few times. Here are a couple things my ped. told me to do and they helped alot. To help with the diaper rash, mix maalox or any other liquid antiacid with pure cornstarch (the kind you cook with, not baby powder) until it makes a paste and smear on his bum. That will help neutralize the acid in his poo. Also, don't give him milk. That makes diarrhea worse. Give only water or pedialyte/gtoraid to drink. Hope he starts feeling better soon!

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Vianet - posted on 07/23/2013

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Late to the game, but have pediatrician check for Diabetes.
Also a low sugar diet cuts down on the acidic poop.

Vianet - posted on 07/23/2013

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Late to the game, but have pediatrician check for Diabetes.
Also a low sugar diet cuts down on the acidic poop.

Vianet - posted on 07/23/2013

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Late to the game, but have pediatrician check for Diabetes.
Also a low sugar diet cuts down on the acidic poop.

Angela - posted on 12/04/2012

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I recently talked to a dermatologist, he said to use A&D ointment for prevention. I bought some and it does provide a better protection barrier than other creams.

It is important to use the cream at every diaper change on the bottom.

Tammie - posted on 11/27/2012

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k...so if they are 6 1/2 months old, been on the same formula since birth, been eating the same baby cereals for a month.....and the twin is just fine...what causes it then, how do you relieve the poo????

Sarah - posted on 04/22/2011

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@amanda--generally I would agree with you, but I have tasted pedialyte and it is NASTY. Gatorade makes a version called G2 that is not super sweet, but doesn't have the oily taste that pedialyte has. My kids refused it by a year, if not sooner...but they had no problem sucking down my gatorade G2 ( propel fitness water would work just as well).

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2011

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They can be little stinkers at that age! I am glad I was able to help. My poor little guy had it a handful of times. There was one time when I was literally making him mad so he would scream and I could pop a bite of frozen pedialyte in his mouth. I knew he was dehydrated as he hadn't had a wet diaper in like 6 or so hours :( His one saving grace was that he was a breastfed baby until after he turned 3, so when he refused everything else I would nurse him. The last time he had gastro, I had to see a doc I had never met in the practice, and he thought it was awesome that I was nursing my 30 month old through an illness.

Rebekah - posted on 04/15/2011

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That's what we've been doing. The BRAT diet :) Didn't touch his toast either... After reading your post, I looked it up and all signs point to that. Thank you so much- it was very helpful!!!

Kate CP - posted on 04/15/2011

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He IS dehydrated which is why he's gulping down the water. You should take him to the doctor.

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2011

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It has been a few years, but I do think it was watery and kind of a yellowish color. He refused to drink pedialyte ( that stuff is NASTY), so the gatorade worked for us. You could also use propel fitness water or something like that instead ( the propel is clear, so if he vomits, he doesn't stain anything). During that time I did make sure to coat his little butt crack with diaper cream as a barrier against the acid poo...and when it was at it's worst, I didn't use baby wipes--I stood him in the sink and used an old peri bottle to squeeze warm water over him to clean him. Keep in mind that the best thing for loose poo is the BRAT diet--Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. So even if he won't eat a banana, maybe you can get him to dip some dry toast in some applesauce.

Rebekah - posted on 04/15/2011

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Sarah- I was thinking he could be dehydrated! He usually doesn't drink as much as he has today, but I'm thankful to see him actually drinking something! I will look into buying gatorade, and call the doctor tomorrow. Thanks for the advice!! What did your son do when he had gastroenteritis? Was it the watery/yellow poo? My son doesn't have an appetite. Won't even touch a banana. Babyfood banana is a different story though. Thanks so much!

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