There seems to be no symptoms that requires urgent attention. It appears sufficient to monitor the situation at home, and take your child to the hospital during regular hours.

Child’s Symptoms

However, if symptoms change, please visit an emergency clinic. During holidays and New Years break, visit the emergency clinic the next day.

Points to check when there is unusual stool

  • Various illnesses can cause the color of the stool to change, but it can be unsettling if you do not know the cause. Even if you do not need to go to the emergency clinic, it may be important to have an idea of what may have caused it.
  • In infants, if there is white stool, rotavirus gastroenteritis may be considered. The condition is likely to cause dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhea (see “Nausea” and “Diarrhea”), so try to give your child fluids frequently. Also, be aware that convulsions may accompany gastroenteritis (see “Convulsions and Shaking”).
  • In young children, if bloody stool is seen, this may indicate bacterial enteritis (see “Abdominal Pain and Constipation”). In this case, it may be sufficient to monitor the situation without doing anything special. There is no need to give enemas or anti-diarrheal medications, and no need to warm your child’s stomach. The important thing is to monitor whether your child's condition and appearance change over time. If there is a change, re-assess whether you should wait or go to the hospital.
  • If your child’s anal opening hurts, hemorrhoids can be considered. The hint is whether the stool that just came out has red blood on it due to this bleeding. Bleeding occurs because hard stool from constipation injures the anus. Wait for regular hospital hours and consult a doctor.

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