Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Daisy | 2008/11/25

Q.

Fishy smell

Dear Dr,

My baby girl of 10 months has fishy smelling stools. At first I thought it could be from urine or perhaps a yeast infection, as she immidiatly grabs down there when I take her nappy off, and then struggle to keep her hands away, but, I cannot see any rash, redness or discharge from her lady bits. And it also does not smell fishy when she has a wet nappy, but her stools most definitely smells like fish? Is this something to worry about?

Thank you,
Daisy

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

the fishy smell is probably coming from her urine. There are certain important inherited 'metabolic' conditions that can present with an unusual smell like this. Your baby must be examined and tested by a paediatrician.

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