Baby Poop Types and Colour: What does it mean?

A new mother’s journey is both exciting and frightening too. Many things become a part of your daily routine as a new mother, from nursing to changing poopy diapers. While changing diapers, you will come across a wide range of colours and textures that may be both alarming and frightening. The colour of your baby’s poop types might indicate how healthy he or she is. Your baby’s faeces will change colour as their diet changes, especially throughout the first year of life. Poop may provide a range of information, such as the balance of their gut microorganisms, how their bodies react to foods, and whether or not they have adequate stomach acid and bile. So, let’s take a closer look at what your child’s poop types and colour could be telling you about their general health. ( What is the right age for potty training?)

What is Poop?

A potty/poop is a collection of whatever remains after food has passed through the digestive tract. This matter is made of water, bacteria, undigested food, fibre, trace quantities of fat, mucus, and other proteins. There are no globally acknowledged criteria for characterising typical faeces since it varies considerably from person to person and day to day. In general, healthy poop should take less than 10 minutes to excrete, come out smoothly and painlessly, be brown in colour, and be formed like a tube or a banana. (6 Best foods for digestion in kids)

HOW ROUTINELY DO BABIES POOP?

One of the commonly asked questions by every new mom is “How routinely do babies poop?”. If your infant does not poop on a daily basis, this does not always signify a concern. A newborn may have little bowel movements at first. If you’re breastfeeding your child, he or she may only defecate once a week. If your child is formula-fed, bowel movements should occur at least once per day. Anything less than this may indicate constipation, however, some formula-fed newborns do not excrete on a daily basis. When your child starts eating solids, he or she will almost certainly have a bowel movement every day. At any moment, pooping more than once after each feeding might imply diarrhea.

BABY POOP TYPES:

After birth, babies pass faeces of varying consistency. Here’s a table to help you understand the different poop types your infant will pass each day.

TypesDescription
1Separate, hard lump
2Sausage-shaped but lumpy
3Like a sausage but with cracks on the surface
4Smooth and soft sausage-shaped or snake-like
5Soft blobs with clear-cut edges
6Mushy consistency with ragged edges
7 Entirely liquid or watery (no solid pieces)
Poop types

Usually, Type 1 and 2 faeces indicate hard, difficult-to-pass stools, indicating constipation. Types 3 and 4 denote the ideal stools. Types 5, 6, and 7 exhibits a faeces pattern that is more prone to diarrhea.

What does baby poop colour mean?

Poop is mainly made up of broken down food, the foods your child consumes can have a big impact on the colour of his or her poop! Let us have a look at the different poop colours and what they could actually mean.

1.Greenish black in colour

Meconium faeces(Poop) occurs for two to three days after birth (on usual). It’s sticky, and it’s made up of mucus, skin cells, and amniotic fluid. It will turn olive/khaki coloured after three to four days, indicating that the breast milk or formula has been effectively digested. If it hasn’t appeared within 24 hours of birth, consult your doctor.

2.Yellow with a tint of green

Breastfed babies have a yellowish-green poop that is often described as mustard in colour. It may contain small seed-like fragments and could be extremely runny. Depending on your diet, it may turn greener.

In kids, green stools are usually related to consuming green foods (e.g. spinach), or the stool may have passed through the intestines faster than usual, giving less time for the brown bilirubin pigment to be picked up.

3.Vibrant shade of green

A poop that is bright green or algae-coloured/textured could indicate that the smaller baby is getting too much foremilk (the milk that comes first in a feed), requiring the baby to spend more time on each breast to reach the more nutritious milk.

4.Peanut butter-colored

Peanut butter-coloured poop is common in formula-fed babies. It’s tan-brown, yellow-brown, or green-brown in colour and smells a little stronger than breast milk poop.

5.Dark green colour

If you’re taking an iron supplement, your baby’s poop may occasionally become dark green. It’s also likely that eating a lot of really green food has anything to do with it. If you aren’t taking a supplement and don’t believe the green is caused by food, consult your doctor.

6. Brown

The poop will be browner and smellier once your baby is weaned off the breast/formula and onto solids. It will be thicker, but not completely solid. Poop should typically be brown in a healthy child. This is due to the presence of bilirubin, a pigment produced during the regular breakdown of red blood cells in the body. 

7.Rainbow-brown

If your baby’s poop contains undigested food, it might mean that food is moving too rapidly through the digestive tract or that some of the food is indigestible. Among the veggies on the exhibit were orange carrots, red beets, and blueberries. It’s also conceivable that the youngster isn’t properly eating his or her food. If this continues for a lengthy period of time, get medical attention.

8.Yellow-green-brown colour combination

Diarrhea is the one thing that parents are afraid of. It is potentially explosive because it looks to contain more water than solids. Consult your doctor if you observe this in a baby under the age of three months. Sometimes, it may last for a short amount of time (as little as two or three diapers) or it may last for more than 24 hours. Diarrhae, if untreated, can cause dehydration. ( 10 effective home remedies and foods for diarrhea in kids)

9.Red lines

If the poop is pebbly and dry, with red streaks, it’s possible that the baby is constipated, and the hard, dry stool is causing tiny tears in the anus’s skin. You may include plenty of water, prunes/apricots, grains, and high-fibre vegetables in the baby’s diet. ( Fibre-rich recipes for kids)

Keep an eye out for any unusual changes in your child’s stool colour that last more than a few days. This may indicate that more investigation is required and you should visit a doctor.

We hope you are now clear with what kind of poop is normal and what is not. The poop types and colour is usually determined by the diet that the child feeds on. Healthy stools are soft and somewhat brown in colour while some poop colour may indicate might indicate a health problem that requires care. In general, a wide variety of poop colours is healthy as long as a newborn is gaining weight and eating as frequently as they require.

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