Do you know you can tell how healthy your baby is through your baby’s poo? Yes you can.
You can tell a lot about your baby’s health based on what is in his diapers, so watch out for what colour of poo your baby passes.
Your baby can poo a lot, depending on his diet, how well fed he is, babies who are breastfed generally have more and thinner stools than babies who are formula fed. But five to six stools per day is pretty normal.
Many parents become concerned when an infant’s bowel movements suddenly decrease. But particularly for breastfed babies, this is a common occurrence as a mother’s milk becomes more mature. The mother’s milk is so well balanced and the baby’s digestive processes are so good, there’s not a lot of waste for the baby to pass out.
First of all, you need to know that what’s normal for your baby will depend on how old she is, whether she’s breastfed or formula-fed or whether she has started taking solid food.
1. First baby poo
For the first two days after the birth, your baby will pass meconium. Meconium is greeny-black in colour, and has a sticky, tar-like texture. It is a greenish-black, tarry, sticky stool that looks like motor oil in your newborn’s nappy. Since meconium is made of amniotic fluid, mucus, skin cells, and other stuff ingested in the womb, it doesn’t really smell and it may be difficult to wipe off your baby’s tiny bottom, but its appearance is a good sign that her bowels are working normally.
2. Breastfed baby poo
Breastfed baby poop is considered normal when it is custard yellow, green or brown colour. Healthy breastfed poo will give off a sweet smell, and is seedy and pasty in nature
3. Healthy formula feed baby poo
This is typically a shade of brown or brown with a pasty consistency that is peanut butter like. It is also considered to be normal.
4. Partially digested food poo
Not all food can the baby’s system quickly digest, especially ones that travels quickly down the intestine and are not broken down completely. This can cause chunks of food to appear in your baby’s food, it can also change the colour of your baby’s poo.
Now the following are warning baby poo that tells you should watch out for:
5. Runny baby poo
A baby’s diarrhea poo will be green, yellow and brown and it will be runny.This can be an indication of an infection or his body’s reaction to something. If it goes on without you treating it, it can lead to dehydration. The first aid for diarrhea is to get an oral rehydration salt and mix it in warm water, then give it to him.
6 Hard pebble like poo
If your baby’s poo is hard and looks like small stones then he or she may be constipated. Babies can become constipated when they are just introduced to solids. This could a sign that he is sensitive to soy or milk, or lack of tolerance for the ingredients used in making a formula.
7. White baby poo
When your baby is passing out chalky white or gray poo, its a warning sign that your baby is having problems digesting food and his food is not properly digested. A white coloured poo might also signify a lack of bile from the liver to help digest his food.
8. Mucus in baby poo
When you see slimy, green coloured smear with shiny strings in your baby’s poo, that means mucus is present in your baby’s poo. Muscus in a baby’s poo could be a sign of infection although this can also happen when your baby is drooling.
If your baby is passing any of number 5-8 poo, make sure you get him or her to the hospital so the doctor can diagnose what’s wrong.