Baby poop: What’s normal and what’s not?

Post Pregnancy

Abnormal pooping of the baby can make you tensed and worried. It is sometimes difficult for parents to judge and decide whether the baby’s poop is normal or not based on the color, consistency and amount of poop their child is producing. These are 10 facts which can tell you that baby’s poop is normal or not: 

First poop of baby

The first poop that your baby passes is meconium, and this appears black, sticky and tar-like since it is made up of amniotic fluid, mucus and cells lining the babies gut. This poop is very different and it is not difficult for parents to notice and recognize it.

Healthy breastfed baby poop-Poop of breastfeeding babies are mainly of yellow or mustard color. Their poop can occasionally be greenish or bright orange in color and have a runny consistency with small amounts of seedy bits in it. The smell of a breastfeeding baby’s poop is not bad.

Poop after too much breast milk-The poop of the baby who is drinking too much breast milk will be green and foamy. This can also happen if the mother is producing milk in excess amounts.

Formula-fed baby poop

The poop of the babies given formula feeds will look like peanut butter and the consistency will be thick as compared to breastfeed poop. Formula-fed baby poopis mainly brown in color but it can be mixed with tan, yellow or green color. The smell of formula fed baby’s poop is stronger as compared to breastfed baby’s poop.

Hard and pebbly poop

If your baby’s poop is hard and pebbly, this might be because your baby is having constipation. Breastfeeding babies rarely have constipation and you should consult your doctor if your baby is having constipation. 

Dark colored poop

If you are giving iron supplements to your baby, the poop will be green or black in color. If you are not giving iron supplements to your baby, and your baby is passing dark color poop, you need to consult your doctor. 

Different colors of solid poops

If you are giving solid food to your baby, you can seea change in the color of the poop. The poop will become thick and dark, and its consistency will be quite soft. It’s normal to see some partially digested food in your baby’s poop, because some foods quickly pass through the digestive system and has no time to be broken down. Poop color can vary depending on what baby eats. If you are seeing partially digested food continuously in your baby’s poop, then you can consult a doctor.

Mucus in baby poop

If you see that your baby’s nappy is coated in slime, this can be due to the presence of mucous. Mucous in poop can be usually seen when the baby is swallowing excessive saliva but on the other hand, the presence of mucous in nappies canalso indicate any allergy or infection. Consulting a doctor is a good idea if you find excessive persistent mucous in your baby’s poop.

Blood in baby’s poop

Blood in your baby’s poop can appear as bright red or black color and this can be very frightening. Bright red blood in poop can be due to food allergies, bacterial infections or due to small shredding of the lining of the anus. You should definitely consult your doctor if you see any blood in baby’s poop.

Pale or white poop

Pale or white poop can be due to diseases of the liver or bile duct, a serious form of which is known as biliary atresia. If you are noticing pale or white poop in your baby’s diaper, you should consult the doctor immediately. 

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