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Your baby’s stool color is an indication of their health and wellbeing. Many mothers notice that their babies’ stool color and consistency change throughout the first couple of years of their lives. The newborn stool differs from when they are infants and toddlers.
As a mother, it is important to monitor your child’s stool color during diaper changes, and even after they are potty trained. If you notice any sudden changes, or if you feel like something may be wrong, speak to your child’s pediatrician to rule out any medical issues.
This article will guide you through the different colors of stool and what’s normal and what’s not.
During your baby’s first hours or days of life, they will pass something called meconium which is the first stool they will pass. This poop is black and tarry and it has no odor. This stool is considered normal as it does not include breastmilk or formula. Once your baby starts breastfeeding or formula feeding, their stool color will begin to change from black to green and then finally to yellow which is normal.
If your baby’s black poop continues for more than a week, it could be an indication that there is a digestive issue with your baby and you need to seek medical advice.
Mustard yellow poop is normal in breastfed babies and toddlers. The consistency of yellow poop is usually seedy which means it has something like small seeds in it.
Green poop is usually healthy in both breastfed and especially formula-fed babies. As babies start solids, the food they eat – as green vegetables – may turn their stool green.
Red poop color may be caused by several factors. If your baby ate something red in colors such as beets, tomatoes, or tomato juice, their stool may turn red. It may also be an indication of a more serious problem such as digestive issues or blockages which need immediate action by a doctor.
White or gray poop
White and gray poop is also an indication that something is wrong with your baby. If your child has white-colored stool he/she may have a liver issue. Gray stool indicates a problem with the digestive system and should be checked by your child’s pediatrician.
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