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Toddle poo smells like motor oil

Hi my 3 year old daughters poo smells like dirty motor oil, does anyone know what causes this? Ive been looking online but cant find anything. Is there a cause to be concerned about or is it normal?

Jane ...
Answer: Hi, I've never heard of this before. I'd be covering off the basic causes to begin with though. Her diet, is she otherwise well, is she growing and developing for her age and stage and do you have any other reasons to be concerned? Is there a family history of digestive or absorption problems e.g. cystic fibrosis, coeliac or other metabolic diseases in the family? A check with your GP would be worthwhile and take along a fresh sample of her poo with you so that your GP can send this off for microscopy and analysis. Best Jane
Answered: 28 Feb 2015