Infant Foul-Smelling or Greasy Stool

Changing diapers usually isn’t the most fun part about caring for an infant. However, it’s not only a necessary part of caring for a baby, but it’s also a way to keep track of normal urination and stools.You need to know if your child is passing food normally, if there is anything abnormal about the state of the stool, and if so, what’s causing the issues. Abnormalities to look out for include blood in the stool and stool in various colors and consistency.

One of the important things to look out for in your baby’s poop is whether it is foul-smelling (outside of the normal foul-smelling baby poop) and whether it is greasy. If either of these things match your baby’s stool, take a look at the other symptoms to see if your baby’s body is trying to warn you about another sign that something could be wrong.

Nutrition Problems Associated with Cerebral Palsy

Greasy or thick stool can often indicate nutrition problems. Children with cerebral palsy are often malnourished because they have problems with fine motor skills that can keep them from feeding themselves, and they also often have trouble swallowing, eating, or sucking, which makes it difficult for the proper nutrition to get down the esophagus for them to digest it to begin with.

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and you have observed foul-smelling, greasy stool, this is a normal sign, though a sign that you need to consult your child’s nutritionist about another option to ensure that he or she gets the nutrition that he or she needs.

It’s important to note, however, that foul-smelling and/or greasy stools are not indicative of cerebral palsy unless other symptoms are present as well. Other symptoms may include spasticity or lack of control over muscles, writhing muscular movements, drooling, trouble swallowing, still muscles, or inconsistency in muscle tone.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a serious disease, caused by nutritional deficiencies and/or lung damage. Not only does it change the consistency and smell of stools, but it also affects sweat, tears, and pancreatic fluids.

When infants are born with cystic fibrosis, there is often a lack of meconium shortly after birth, followed by greasy, foul-smelling stools. However, as with cerebral palsy, the aforementioned symptoms are not enough to diagnose an infant with cystic fibrosis. Other symptoms include intestinal blockage, respiratory infections, persistent coughs, a salt-like taste to the skin, poor weight gain, and slow growth.

Keep in mind that only a physician can diagnose cystic fibrosis. If you have concerns that your infant is showing symptoms, get in contact with your baby’s doctor.

Lactose Intolerance

In some instances, foul-smelling and/or greasy stools may be indicative that your baby is lactose-intolerant. Lactose intolerance occurs when the baby’s small intestines are unable to break down the lactose found in dairy products, including formula.

Pancreatic Insufficiency

Pancreatic insufficiency is a disorder related to cystic fibrosis, marked by the inability to properly break down and digest food, including proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

Along with frequent diarrhea, infants with pancreatic insufficiency may experience bloating, greasy and foul-smelling stools, abdominal pain, and weight loss.