Many mums are bothered about the colour of their baby's poop and try to attach meaning to it. Poop color can be one way to keep track of a baby’s health. Their poop colours and textures can drastically change especially during the first year of life. Let's look at the different poop colours that might lead to different growing stages.
Newborn first poop: Meconium
A greenish-black, sticky, tarry substance that looks a lot like motor oil, made up of cells, amniotic fluid, bile, and mucus ingested while in the womb. The colour may look disturbing, but it’s completely normal. Colour should change gradually from black to dark green, then yellow over the first few days by passing out the meconium. Meconium usually does not smell, as it’s sterile.
Breastfed Baby Poop
Breastfed Poop is usually mustard yellow, green, or brown in colour, loose and seedy-like in texture. Some may have flecks, but it’s usually nothing to worry about as the baby might have breastfed on cracked or bleeding nipples.
Formula-Fed Baby Poop
Formula-Fed Baby’s poop tends to lighter brown or orange. As compared to a breastfed baby, the colour is slightly darker and firmer. They also passed fewer but bigger poop.
Partially Solid Food-Fed Baby Poop
The colour varies once you introduce solid food. As not all food will be completely digested down, you may find that some food pieces appear in their poop, and start to bulk up like normal adult poop.
When should you be concerned and seek medical help?
Here are the alarming signs that you need to know:
Green Poop It's common that your baby's poop is slightly greenish, this might occur due to green solid food, even from breastfed mums, it’s not something to worry about if they are putting on weight gradually. But sometimes it also indicates the baby might catch a cold, food allergy or have treatment for jaundice. You should expect to also see other physical symptoms, such as skin problems, tummy upsets, or breathing issues.
Red Poop Like Green food, It might be because of something they ate or drank, such as tomatoes or fruit punch or digested blood from breastfeeding cracked nipples. However, it might also be a sign of milk protein allergy or baby’s bottom’s bleeding. Always seek professional advice if you have any concerns.
White Poop This is a big No No for healthy poop. This might mean that the baby has liver disease or is affected by Jaundice. Seek for medical help as soon as possible.
Dry or hard poop Hard poop can also be a cause of constipation due to improperly digested solid food or baby not drinking enough fluids.
Runny watery Poop This may result from infection or allergy ort can be an indication of diarrhea. Babies with diarrhea may also poop more often than usual or have a high temperature.
Mucus Poop Besides meconium, if mucus-textured appears in baby poop, it may be a sign of bacterial infection in your baby’s intestines.
Baby poop color can be one indicator of your baby’s health. if your baby is gaining weight and feeding as often as they need, it’s nothing to worry about. Last but not least, always consult with your pediatrician to confirm your suspicions.