McMaster Children’s Hospital opens Canada’s first pediatric stool bank – CBC

The frozen collection of children’s poop can help kids with gut infections like C. diff

Jul 16, 2023

McMaster Children’s Hospital wants your kids’ poop — so they can add it to their collection of frozen stool and use it to help other children.

Their stool bank for kids is the only one in Canada, according to Dr. Nikhil Pai, pediatric gastroenterologist at the hospital in Hamilton.

“We’re really proud of that because we feel we’re providing a service for children across the country,” he said in a phone interview.

The hospital opened it to offer fecal transplants to children across Canada with gut infections like Clostridium difficile, also called C. diff.

That infection is when a bacteria gets in the large intestine, which can cause diarrhea and fevers. The infection can start while someone is on antibiotics for a different illness.

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