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You are here : home > Newborn Care > Bowel and Bladder Movements > Different Types of Stools

Different Types of Stools

Parents are often startled on seeing different coloured stools of their newborn. This is not a cause of concern generally. Different colour and texture of stools is due to different factors such as baby's diet or mother's diet and so on. Read on to clear some doubts.

I find myself discussing my baby's stools!

It is amazing how the bowel movements of a newborn baby can be the topic of endless speculation and discussion. Is it too little, too much, too often, not often enough? You speculate about the colour and the texture. It does not help to compare babies. No two babies will be alike in this respect. Your baby's stool will differ from day to day and may even from movement to movement as her diet gets more varied. Here are some answers to those oft-asked questions. 
 

My baby's stool is greenish-black

The first time you change your baby's nappy you may be quite startled to see that her stool is greenish black. This is no cause for alarm and is actually quite normal. What you are seeing is meconium, a tarry greenish-black substance that gradually fills the baby's intestines during her stay in the mother's womb. The fact that the meconium is in your baby's nappy is a good sign indicating that her bowels are unobstructed. 
 

My baby's stool is dark greenish-yellow

All the meconium (a tarry greenish-black substance) should be passed sometime after the first 24 hours. Now what you will see will be transitional stools, which are dark greenish yellow and loose, sometimes 'seedy' in texture (particularly among breastfed infants) and may occasionally contain traces of mucus. There may even be traces of blood, which is probably the result of the baby swallowing some of the mother's blood during the delivery. To be on the safe side, save any nappy containing blood to show to the doctor. Transitional stools usually continue for a period of three or four days. 
 

My baby's stool is black

If the formula is iron-fortified, or if the baby is taking vitamin drops with iron, the stool may be green, greenish, dark brown or black. In some children, the reaction between the normal bacteria of the gastrointestinal tract and the iron sulfate in a supplement causes the stool to turn dark brown, greenish or black. Studies have shown that iron does not increase digestive discomfort.  If your baby has black stools and is not taking a supplement or a formula with iron, check with the doctor.

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Name: ammo noppi
Country: India

my 3 months old baby passess motion in green-blackish colour mixed with pale yellow colour motion after taking liv 52.since 2 days she is passing motion only once.before passing the motion she cries.normally she doesn't cry.once she passed motion normally in pale yellow colour.And on the previous day she passed motion in orange yellowish mixed colour she is on bottle feed.using similac advance.Is there anything wrong with my baby?do i need to worry?
 
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Country: India

my 4month old baby boy doing loss motion of green color at day 3 to 4 time.
 
Name: Prasenjit Sadhu
Country: India

My baby is 9 days old and not having any medicine.Only breast feeding. But her stool is Dark Black. Please suggest whether I need to go for doctor's checkup or not?
 
Name: MMMM
Country: India

Dear XXXX, My baby started having loose stools from the 7th day of his birth. He was initially lactogen-fed and was also fed mother’s milk from 4th day of birth. As he passed more than 15 stools per day, we took him to a pediatric doctor. Routine examination of stool was suggested, nothing was detected. On 14th day of his birth again stool R/E and culture were conducted. Pus cell and mucus were present on RE, no growth on culture of stool. The frequency of loose stools was still 8-10 times per day. We took the baby to another experienced pediatric doctor, who asked to repeat the examination 3 days back. We got the report of stool RE which says stool loose, color-yellow, Mucus present, pus cells 5-7 hpf. Today we got the report of stool culture/sensitivity: Salmonella sp. Growth seen after 24 hrs of incubation at 37 degree temp. The salmonella is resistant to Amicacin and Amoxycillin, but is sensitive to ofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, ceftraxone and cefixime. Today the baby is of 1.5 month, 3.3 kg (same as birth weight). Which medicine and at what dose for how many days should I give him? Thank you for your response. MMMM
 
Name: pooja
Country: India

My child's stool is very loose, what to do??
 
Name: Kim
Country: India

I have observed green stools in my baby...what to do?
 
Name: ria.khanna
Country: India

hey my baby is 3 months old and c is getting loose motion... i donno how to handle it..since i have read all the comments can any1 suggest me what to do please..
 
Name: Vanit
Country: India

My baby is 4 days old, As soon as he is being brestfed he passes stool. This happens in every 1 hour. Is he loosing energy? How to avoid this?
 
Name: BRENDA
Country: usa

my son is 31/2 yrs old..he has for the past 3 weeks has had a "bright" greenish blue stool..it is firm.. his diet has not changed at all..he is a very picky eater so i know exactly what he eats..and its nothing green..he does drink alot of milk..what is wrong??
 
Name: concerned
Country: india

dear asereht green coloured stools indicate an intestinal infection. it usually happens when the formaul does nt agree wth the child and creates a major digestive disorder. i do not mean to scare u. but pls consult wth ur doc immedaitely. ur child will look noraml but has a n intestinal infection
 
Name: cfrancis
Country: canada

it is normal for newborn baby to have black stool. just continue to breast feed its the best thing you can ever do for your newborn babies
 
Name: cfrancis
Country: canada

it is normal for newborn baby to have black stool. just continue to breast feed its the best thing you can ever do for your newborn babies
 
Name: shameeza
Country: guyana

my baby is six weeks old and have streak of blood mix with mucus her doctor had change her formula two day ago but it is still here what should i do.
 
Name: Bala
Country: india

i am a male of 43 my stool smells badly and it is loose in nature
 
Name: Southernrose81
Country: usa

my baby has just started solid foods and she has not had a bowel movement in two days. should i be worried?
 
Name: ubah
Country: canada

my son he is 2 month old. i feed him a formula,his stool turn a greenish mud kind is this normal?
 
Name: Asereht
Country: usa

my 3 month old has had 2 bowel movements in the past 3 days that are very loose and a strange green color. the formula hasn't changed, what does this mean?
 
Name: Sunil
Country: usa

my daughter is passing green stools and has bad odour...this change is seen since we started solid foods but still after so many weeks also the color is the same.
 
Name: solonateandmike
Country: canada

my baby is now 4 months, he has always produced stools that have a metalic siver in color. the mustard color is still present but smeared with this metalic grey colour, or sometimes just all grey, nothing has changed and has been on the same formula since birth, gains weight well and slleeps good. whould this be a gastrointestinal problem?
 
Name: Mama
Country: usa

hi. my grandson has a green/yellowish stool. he also screams at the top of his lungs for hours at a time. while drinking his milk (goodstart) he'll stop and just scream. he is being given karo in his formula and was told to also give him pedialyte w/water. dr says he has colic, rock him...hold up, mama says baby is in pain. take tests!!! please respond...thank you, mama
 
Name: Raven
Country: usa

my baby started with enfamil w/ iron which made her stool yellow seedy with a brown & red mix all together. this milk was making her go 10 to 15 times a day. the doctor changed the milk to pro sobee milk & now she's only going 3 times a day & the brownish red mixture is gone. do you think my babies stool is back normal?
 
Name: Raven
Country: usa

my baby started with enfamil w/ iron which made her stool yellow seedy with a brown & red mix all together. this milk was making her go 10 to 15 times a day. the doctor changed the milk to pro sobee milk & now she's only going 3 times a day & the brownish red mixture is gone. do you think my babies stool is back normal?
 
Name: Concerned
Country: usa

i am both breastfeeding and bottle feeding. mostly bottle. my daughter is 8 weeks and she finally had a bowel movement after 2 1/2 days,which was dark green. is this normal.
 
Name: Cissa
Country: usa

my 8 month old daughter just had a little bit of blood in her stool. this is the first time that this has happened. i nurse and she also has a couple of bottles a day(goodstart). she is also on solid food and is teething. what should i do? does anyone have any advise?
 
Name: Ilene
Country: usa

i am 44 and have several bowel movements all day very loose dirhea and it is bright yellow i had my gallbladder out 2yrs ago but this has only been going on for about a week what could this be and why is my stool bright yellow and runny.


 

 
 
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