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Pale / Light Yellow Stools

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So, I had a thread a couple weeks ago about my son not seeming to get over a stomach bug / or possibly being glutened.  The diahrrea finally ended a few days ago, at which time the constipation kicked back in.  Now he is having just slightly loose, close to normal stools.  But I have been wondering about the color of his stools.  He has never (since all this started over a year ago) had your typical medium brown stool.  He constantly has a light yellow color, sometimes it is clay looking and sometimes it looks pretty pale.  But NEVER brown.  When his issues first started it was almost always green.

 

Now we have been gluten free for a couple months again (after going back on gluten for testing) and still trying to figure out if gluten has anything to do with his issues or not?!  Should I be concerned that even while being gluten free his stool is never a brown color?  He otherwise seems healthy.  Am I overthinking this.....do some people just not have brown poop, or is it always caused by a health issue?

 

Thanks!

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I wondered the same thing. It appears as though earth tones (brown, yellow, orange, green) are all on the spectrum of normal, but black, white, and clay colored would be something to discuss with your doctor. I've been documenting all variations of poop in a notebook to discuss at our next visit.

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I'm sorry as I haven't got the time to read your previous posts just now but I am wondering if your son has a dairy intolerance? I think I read somewhere that that can cause pale, yellow stools. Worth discussing with your doctor.


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I'm sorry as I haven't got the time to read your previous posts just now but I am wondering if your son has a dairy intolerance? I think I read somewhere that that can cause pale, yellow stools. Worth discussing with your doctor.

 

Yes, he has come back twice positive on the reducing substance test, which apparently means he is lactose intolerant. But he has been dairy free for about a year now, he does drink a lot of lactaid though. Could this still be affecting him even without the lactose?

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He could be casien intolerant, the protein in milk, instead of or in addition to lactose intolerant. If you think dairy is a problem you could eliminate cows milk products for a bit and see if it helps. 


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