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Chalky and White

Chalky and White

AKA: Abnormal stool
Looks Like: Pale, colorless, or white stool

A chalky, white baby stool could be a sign of a lack of bile, which normally turns a stool brown.

What Does It Mean?

A white stool might be a sign of a liver or gallbladder problem. Bile is a digestive fluid made in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Your baby's stool gets its normal color from the bile as it is excreted during digestion. If your baby's liver doesn't produce bile, or if the bile is obstructed, his stool will be white.

What Should I Do?

A white stool is very rare. If your baby's poop is white, call your health care professional immediately.

Contact your health care professional right away if you see:
  • Blood or mucus in stools
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Refusal to eat
  • Decreased or dark-colored urine
  • Decreased activity
The information in this section was derived from the following:
Abbott Nutrition. Parents Guide to Infant Stools. March 2009.
McGrail A, Metland D, Murray L, et al. The BabyCenter Essential Guide to Your Baby's First Year. July 2007.
Nathanson LW. The Portable Pediatrician. September 2002.