Ask Nurse Jenny: Why Is My Baby's Poop Grainy?

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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.

Dear Stephanie,

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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11 Comments on "Ask Nurse Jenny: Why Is My Baby's Poop Grainy?"

daphne's picture
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Welcome, Nurse Jenny!

I love that you're finally here!

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Sound advice Nurse Jenny, I often wonder why people consult with a physician if they aren't going to heed his advice.

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I'm not so sure its a glutin allergy personally because the baby is pooping turds. But I don't know what it is either. Sorry.
...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

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Nothing like getting the straight poop from the nurse in the know.

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Could it be seeds or pulp? I know that strawberry seeds goes through my system pretty much undigested. Have you been feeding your youngun fresh or even whole frozen strawberries?
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Anonymous Coward's picture

I don't think this is very safe or appropriate advice. It might be sound, but it also may not!!! I think a doctor should evaluate the situation. This could be a lot more serious than eliminating gluten, and if the person inquiring, who no offense, seems to be a bit under-concerned to begin with (taking out a baby's feeding tube AMA?!?!), I think making such a serious suggestion is dangerous. My advice would have been get to the doctor ASAP and tell them everything and stop looking to the internet for advice in this sort of situation.

Anonymous's picture

Nurse Jenny ddn't read the whole post. The "baby" is 3 and hasn't had a feeding tube in over 2 years. My CLP son had a similar experience and started having the same pooping issues after he turned 3, with no change in his diet.

How can this be "Celiac" disease with NONE of the other symptoms other than the grainy poop and constipation?

Anonymous's picture

Doctors are not always right! My daughter has a milk allergy which I recognized at six weeks old and the GP argued with me that it wasn't. I was right and she was wrong. If I had listened to the doctor then my daughter would have suffered for longer than she needed to. Doctors are not gods, they're human which means they make plenty of mistakes and they don't know everything!

Anonymous's picture

My child is 3 and has sandy poop at times also & he never had a feeding tube...he is thriving, no pain associated with it either. He has been tested for celiac and it was negative. So not buying the gluten thing.

Anonymous's picture

Gluten testing is not reliable. The best testing for gluten sensitivity is elimination. Eliminate gluten from the diet, & not just by eliminating wheat, but also oats, barley, rye, etc. that also contain gluten. Oats are often grown with/by & processed with/by wheat & are usually contaminated with gluten. Just like people with a peanut allergy are supposed to avoid chocolate because of it usually being contaminated with peanuts, so are oats to be avoided w/ a gluten allergy (unless certified GF, like Trader Joe's GF oats, though some do still react to oats no matter if GF or not).

Gluten is not necessary to be healthy. Now if you just eliminate a bunch of gluten containing processed foods & replace them with a bunch of gluten free processed foods, that certainly isn't healthy but may still help eliminate symptoms. That would also be very expensive to just buy a bunch of GF products.

Eating any allergen is very unhealthy for the body & will lead to serious medical issues including cancer in the long run. So while it may seem like a hassle to eliminate certain food now, do it now or what you have to deal with in the long run will be much worse & could even be catastrophic.

Anonymous's picture

Some coeliacs don't have any symptoms. Some have most. Some have a couple. And the symptoms can change throughout one's life.

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