Parents are often worried about their babies especially the first time parents. They often have a lot of questions of the baby poop : my baby poops too often? My baby poops too little? Is the color of the poop normal? Is the poop too think or thick?
Baby poop comes in different color and texture, from sticky black to water thin green or yellow. What does the baby poop color and consistency means? When to see a doctor? We will guide you on the poop of the baby.
Meconium is the first stool a newborn baby. This is dark green to black in color and tarry or sticky in substance and also called child’s pitch or intestinal pitch. Meconium consists of amniotic fluid, waste products from the amniotic fluid, mucus that the baby has swallowed, cells of the intestinal wall, bile substances and blood residues.
After two days the poo changes: it becomes thinner, more watery and yellower. The first stool usually comes within 24 hours of birth, but should come in any case within 48 hours. If a newborn has not pooped within two days then something may have been wrong. In that case contact the doctor.
This color stools on the diaper of the baby may be shock for you as a parent but it is completely normal to have green stools. Green color usually from the bottle-fed or formula fed babies. The green color may be due to the added iron in the formula. Even if your baby ate spinach or is teething , the stool may turn dark green.
If the baby appears fussy and uncomfortable during the feedings, then the green stools may be a sign of cow milk allergy. In that case, best is to discuss with a doctor.
Light Green Stools
Light green stools appear for the breastfed babies. This may indicate that your little one is getting especially low-calorie front milk and not enough fatty rear milk. By feeding mainly from one breast per feeding, your baby will get this fatty rear milk. This ensures a better calorie intake for your child.
Yellow or mustard stools are completely normal. Sometimes it contains green seed like or flakes. This is the poop of the breastfeed babies. You can also encounter this yellow poop sometimes even when the baby is bottle feed.
Solid foods such as carrots or sweet potatoes can make the baby poop as orange in color. In addition, use of certain medicines or some special diets can also pass into breastmilk and the orange stools can develop. Orange stools are not the cause of concern but if you are in doubt, consult a doctor.
These are completely normal colors of the baby poop. Formula fed or bottle fed babies can have this poop color. Even when you introduce the solids for the first time, the poop may turn out to be this color.
When your child gets a little older and starts to eat more solid food, his stool changes to brown color. The poo is firmer in shape and smells stronger.
Red stools are alarming. If you find red streaks, this usually indicates blood in the stool. The cause may be a small tear at the anus or your cracked nipple. However, it can also indicate a serious problem. Your baby may have an allergy, bacterial infection, or bleeding in his gastrointestinal tract. A harmless cause for red stools is beetroot on its menu. It is wise to consult a doctor in case of red stools.
Black stools which are not meconium, are formed when blood enters the intestines. It usually means that there is bleeding somewhere in the gastrointestinal tract. During its journey through the gastrointestinal tract, this blood turns from red to black. Sometimes, iron supplements or iron in food can also turn the stool dark brown or black. Then there is nothing wrong. Isn’t this the probable cause? Then it is best to go to the doctor.
White, greyish, or discolored poop is usually a sign of a serious liver or bile duct problem. If you find this in your baby’s diaper, it is best to contact the doctor immediately. Take some of the stool with you or take pictures to show your doctor.