Before becoming a parent, the topic of conversation was probably far from the bowel movements of another human being.
As soon as you have that baby in your arms though, that is out of the window.
You’ll probably find yourself preoccupied with the worry of mistiming a nappy change, or trying to remember when they last did a poo. Is it a leaker?
Or worse, the words that strike fear into any parent; is it a poonami?
Changes in nappies
As your baby develops, you’ll notice changes in the contents of their nappies.
From the early days of that black sticky stuff, to more of a scrambled egg consistency, changes in poos are completely normal.
Moving on through the weaning process, it’ll be time for more changes!
As their bodies digest new solid foods for the first time, the new colours and textures going in might give you a little shock when they come out.
To help you along your baby’s journey, we’ve put together some advice on what to expect when the contents of your baby’s nappy change.
Dark greeny black / blacky brown
Your baby’s first ever poo is called meconium. It is made up of a mix of everything your baby has swallowed whilst in the womb and very normal in the first 3 days.
A breastfed baby will often experience yellowish poos in their first week. At this time, they can do around 4 poos a day, but this can change to as little as one a week, after their first week. Breast milk is perfectly created so that it can often be completely absorbed, especially in the days before there is sufficient gut flora to make any bulk to the stool.
This colour in their poo can be caused by iron. It can be there either through iron supplements or formula fortified with iron, and is nothing to worry
About. Iron is crucial for your little one and their brain development. If this is accompanied by a degree of slimy mucus however, seek advice from your GP as it may indicate an infection, head cold or virus.
This can be common in breastfed who regularly swap between breasts. It can mean that they are taking on too much fore milk and not reaching the hind milk during a feed. Whilst this is harmless, you might like to try and release all the rich breast milk from one breast before swapping to the other. Conversely, it can be a sign of infection, especially if accompanied by discernible amounts of mucus, as in the case above. If you are worried, speak to your doctor.
This is a particularly smelly one, so you might need a nose peg! This kind of poo is normal in babies who are formula fed.
When baby first starts to eat solid foods around 4-6 months, their poo can be a murky green colour, and can often have small chunks of undigested food.
At around 12 months your toddler will start to do ‘normal’ ones, if you
start to see this much sooner than 12 months old, it could be a sign of
constipation, and is best to get checked by your doctor. Constipation is defined as any time the child does not have a bowel movement for a couple of days, and every time the stool passed is hard and dry. Even a regular daily stool is constipation if the matter is hard. Dry stool can cause localised soreness which can make the child reluctant to let his bowels open again and this can then lead to further constipation and even the development of a fear of bowel movements, which you would want to avoid. Any time the stool is hard, increase fruits, vegetables and ensure sufficient liquids are drunk during the day. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, seek further help.
So there you have it, a whole rainbow of poos that you never thought possible!
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