A Peep Into Baby Poop

It is true that apart from helping our baby to fall asleep, eat well and generally stay out of illness we moms are immensely concerned about their poop as well. This article highlights all the aspects new moms need to know about baby poop.

After your baby is born for the first couple of days your baby’s stool would be sticky, green, black substance. Passing this kind of stool signifies your baby is healthy and her bowels are moving properly. After a feeding routine is established the color of the stool would change to greenish brown, grainy and loose in texture.

Again this depends upon whether your baby is breastfed or bottle fed. If breastfed then what kind of food the mother is having and if bottle fed then upon the type of formula being used. The color of your baby’s stool would change at each step as she develops from a newborn and through her first year.

A newborn passes stool quite often and sometimes up to eight times in a day but this is generally no cause for concern as long as she passes at least once. Again one day without passing stool is also okay as long as your child wets her diapers five or six times in a day. However if you notice your child is getting uncomfortable and has a perpetually swollen abdomen then maybe she needs some help and a visit to the pediatrician is in place.

The biggest change that you will probably notice is when you start your baby on solids. It is usually seen that whatever food goes the same do come out. So if you are feeding your baby beetroots then probably you would get red color poop! The sweet smelling, easy to clean poop is now replaced with darker, thicker and a lot more smelly poop.

However you need to be aware of certain symptoms in your baby’s poop to detect whether she has any problems. Your baby would most probably be suffering from diarrhoea if she has very runny stools with an increase in volume and frequency. The reasons could be gastroenteritis, an infection, and teething, allergy to any kind of food or due to some medication.  In most cases diarrhoea should clear up within 24 hours, if it doesn’t then contact your GP. Other symptoms to watch out for are green poop, blood in their stools and constipation.