A baby’s poop could change in colors especially during his first year of life as he changes his diet. It is best for parents to know the normal color and texture of baby’s poop to better understand baby’s health and to identify if your baby has ben feeling well or if he has upset stomach or what not. The color of baby’s poop might depend on his diet as well. Let’s go ahead and find out what we should expect or what we should look out for.
•Mustard Yellow/Light Yellow
This is normal for breastfed babies. However, if it is light yellow and too watery, that may be a sign for diarrhea.
Orange stool is often seen on babies whether breastfed or formula-fed. This is also considered as normal. So as long as it’s not too watery.
This is normal and often occurs for babies during their first few days of life. However, when this happens to babies on later part of infancy, it can indicate that something is wrong. Might as well consult your doctor it this continues for few days.
This is often seen on babies that has started taking in solid food that has red color on it. Consider observing first. If you have not introduced any food in red color or if this still continues after you stopped feeding him redish food, you can ask your doctor for consultation.
•Light Green/ Dark Green
This is normal for babies that are formula-fed. This could also occur to babies that are introduced to green-colored food or vegetables. Even taking iron supplements could also make baby’s stool appear in green color. That is normal.
•White and Gray
This could be a little alarming to parents. White colored stool could indicate liver problems and gray colored stool might indicate digestion issues for your baby. Call your doctor for proper consultation on this one.
Let’s talk about poop texture, breastfeed babies normally get loose and pasty stool and formula fed babies usually has thick or firm. When your baby reaches to the age when he is introduced to solid food already, the consistency of his poop would change as well. It will become more firm and adult-like poop, which means it would smell stronger too.
Mucus on baby’s stool is normal on his first few days. However, if it persistently shows, call your doctor as it might indicate intestine infection. Blood on poop might have occured because of hardness in passing or constipation. But if it occurs persistently, then call your doctor. Know the red flags so that while you enjoy exploring his diet, you would also know how they should look like as they take their exit from your little one’s body.