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What goes in must come out

What goes in must come out

The colour and texture of baby's stool is a much discussed topic among new mothers. The colour and texture of stool depends on the diet of the baby. Here's a guide on baby's stool.

My baby's stool changes colour everyday

After this stage, your baby's stool will reflect her diet. If it is breast milk, the stools will be golden yellow, sometimes loose, even watery, sometimes seedy, mushy, curdly, or the consistency of mustard.  If it is formula, the stool will be soft but better formed than a breastfed baby's stool and anywhere from pale yellow to yellowish brown, light brown or brown-green.

Will introducing solids change her stools again?

The introduction of solids in your baby's diet will bring about some changes in her bowel movements. Expect her stools to become increasingly adult-like. A breastfed baby's stools will change from soft, mustardy, non-offensive stools to thick, dark, smelly ones. A breastfed baby's stools may remain somewhat softer than a bottle-fed baby's up until weaning.

When solids are introduced in a baby’s diet, adequate amount of liquids, fresh fruits and vegetables must be included in her diet after consulting a paediatrician in order to prevent constipation.

Should I worry if the colour of my baby's stools is startling?

The more varied the meals, the more varied the stools.  If you stop and think a minute, you can figure out the reason yourself. The scary red colour could be the result of beet juice. Sandy stools are fairly common and could be ascribed to certain foods like oats or cereals, which appear sandy after their journey through the digestive tract. Some baby food products have been known to colour stools such dramatic shades like fluorescent green and pinkish red. So do not panic.

There is not much difference between her meals and her stools!

Once they start solids, a baby's stools often reflect her most recent meal in colour and texture. So do not be alarmed if after giving her carrots for the first time, her next bowel movement is bright orange. Babies have immature digestive systems because of which much of what they ingest does not change very much on its way out. Foods not chewed thoroughly or those that are harder to digest may come out whole or nearly so.

When should I be worried?

Due to the natural laxative present in breastmilk, babies who are breastfed exclusively do not find any problem while passing stools and the texture and colour of their stools in normal as well. However, in the cases where babies do not get adequate amount of breastmilk may cope with dehydration and may face difficulties while passing their stools. In this case you must consult a paediatrician. Formula-fed babies are also very susceptible to constipation.

As mentioned above babies may pass stools that are red in colour after consuming foods that are red in colour, for example beetroot. However, you must also report to your doctor if your find stains of blood in your baby’s stools. If your baby is passing watery stools once in a while it is not a cause of concern but if your baby continues to pass watery stools you must bring it to the notice of your doctor. Watery stools can be a sign of diarrhoea in your baby. 

If you find that there is something unusual with your baby’s stools, you must surely talk to your doctor. You doctor is the right person to suggest you right remedies for helping you to deal with the issues related to your baby’s stools. Do not give any over-the-counter medicine to your baby to soften her stools without consulting your doctor to be on a safer side.

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Shehnaz.9 years ago
this is really very informative article.
Avamommy.9 years ago
my 6 week old baby hasnt had a bowel movement in 2 1/2 days. is this normal. she seems fine in all other ways. what can i do?
reallyagem.9 years ago
feed the baby more fruit juice or fruits to help it go to the bathroom
Seema.9 years ago
occasionally mothers that do use cloth diapers with rubber pants will find a roundish type, pinkish coloured stain right at the seat area of their baby's rubber pants. this is a sign of a runny bowel movement and although the staining cannot be removed, it is a good indication that the child is getting fed properly.
hhamharm.9 years ago
this is to avamommy, you might try gently massaging babys' belly to loosen things up a little bit. i hope this place will be a helpful place where people will hear and gain knowledge from hearing of others' expieriences. i think it is good for new mothers esspecialy but, really for all mothers to have several resources to obtain a diverse selection to turn to. to speak of any obsticles overcome, or to hear some one with the same problem or concern may be if nothing else reasuring to them.
nics.9 years ago
my baby started having black stools when he is already 3 months old. he previously had yellow to light brown stools, thus i eliminated infant formula as the culprit. we stopped giving him his multivitamins but still black stools occur. is this still meconium? he's gaining weight and sleeps well.
Nano.9 years ago
hi .. my baby is 3 month has mucus in her stool since about 3 weeks, she doesent have dearrhea , the stool culture seems normal ,is that normal ?
BRENDA.9 years ago
my son is 31/2 yrs old..he has for the past 3 weeks has had a "bright" greenish blue 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??
Asereht.9 years ago
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?
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