The amount, smell, and color of stool talk about how your baby is doing. By learning to recognize early warning signs through your baby's bowel movements, you can act quickly to stop an infection, disease, or disorder. Although it seems an eschatological issue, nothing could be further from the truth. It is a health issue that you should know.
There are changes in the baby's stool that are normal. It is due, for example, to a change in their diet. The stools of a breastfed baby are much more liquid than those of a formula-fed baby. Nursing baby stools are mustard colored and they have a mild odor. Its texture is soft and lumpy. The stools of a baby who is fed with formula milk are more voluminous, yellow or light brown in color and strong odor.
As you introduce new foods into your diet, your stools will change. When you start with cereals, the most normal thing is that you notice that their stools are no longer so soft and that your child has a little more trouble doing the belly. When you start with fruit and vegetables, the color of your stool will change. For example, if your child eats carrots, his stools may turn orange. It is also normal that at first you find traces of food in their stools. Your body is still learning to digest solid food.
There is also no fixed guideline to determine how many poops a day should babies do. It all depends on the type of food. Babies who are breastfed can poop up to four to five a day. Or maybe they just poop every three days. If it is soft, it is normal. However, babies who drink formula from a bottle tend to be more constipated. They need to poop every day but their stools are harder and they have more problems.
If your baby's stool changes drastically and you have not made any changes in his diet, the most normal thing is that the stool is sending us a sign that something is not working properly. These are the changes that alert us to a possible baby disorder:
- Liquid stools or poop: They are usually related to diarrhea or gastroenteritis. They are very runny and make more than normal. It will be necessary to control the hydration of the baby.
- Bloody stools or poop: If accompanied by a fever, they can be symptoms of gastroenteritis or severe constipation. Otherwise, it could be a sign that your child has an intolerance to milk protein.
- White stools or poop: If your stools are very pale (practically white), it may be associated with a liver problem, especially if you also notice yellowish skin. Although if this is the case in the first days of life, it may just be that your baby has a little jaundice.
- Green stool or poop: When the stool is green, it is usually a sign that it is taking too much lactose. It occurs for example, when the baby suckles early. In this way he only takes the first milk, which is sweeter than the last milk. But it can also be due to a type of allergy or even an intestinal parasite.
- Constipation: The stool in this case is very hard. They are usually shaped like small balls and it is difficult for the baby to expel them. If this constipation is accompanied by discomfort of the baby and pale skin, it may be a symptom of a abdominal distension.
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