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Thread: medicine-y smelling poop.. what does it mean?

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    Default medicine-y smelling poop.. what does it mean?

    My boy has been pooping a lot. about four times a day.
    he just pooped and it smelled bad, medicine-y bad. generally, it smells almost sweet, but tonight it smelled almost rancid--toxic smelling.
    What could this be?
    I am sick right now, but I'm only taking tylenol at times for a headache.
    Could that cause his poop to smell?
    Is he sick?
    ... mama to alasdair jonas, fifteen days late and (finally) born all natural on june 24, 2007.

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    Default Re: medicine-y smelling poop.. what does it mean?

    Does he eat anything besides bm? He could be reacting to a newly introduced food item...

    From what I've read, it sounds to me like diarrhea. In babies, it's not the runniness of the poop but the frequency of it that makes it diarrhea. Diarrhea can be a tell-tale sign of a food allergy. Other signs (which don't have to happen all at once) are profuse vomiting or an impressive rash.

    I can't imagine that Tylenol would make the poop smell so stinky, but perhaps a sensitivity or allergy to a food you eat and pass through the breastmilk. I'd call the nurse, just to be on the safe side.
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    **Margaret**(the artist formerly known as mommamags) Mom to red- and curly-headed, blue-eyed, chunky-thighed Michael Thomas, 24 May 2007, 9 lb/22 in. As an infant, he was my little suckling pig. Now he's a total ham!!!

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    Default Re: medicine-y smelling poop.. what does it mean?

    Does your baby eat solids or take vitamins? Was it a fluke?

    Here's some info about what constitutes diarrhea in a breastfed baby:
    www.drjaygordon.com/development/pediatricks/poop

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    Default Re: medicine-y smelling poop.. what does it mean?

    Man you don't want to come to our house... My son's poop is the worst thing ever. I thought it would continue smelling like what most ppl describe bf babies but NO
    Exclusively and every minute of it!!
    SAHM Magic Mama to Rowdy
    Born 10/13/07 ALL NATURAL
    9lbs 10 oz, 21" long


    Excited about becoming a LC!!!!!!

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