When it comes to your health, digestion and frequency of bowel movements are the major indicators of your internal condition in both adults and children. That is why in the newborn babies, it is the amount of poop and its color that is considered as a major indication of health.
According to health experts, the diaper of a baby has a wealth of information that can tell parents and doctors almost everything about the baby’s health and internal system.1
Here is a detailed overview about the baby stool, its color and what is considered normal and what is not.
Frequency Of Stool:
Young infants are more prone to loose motions that lead to dehydration.
- According to an Associate Pediatrics Professor at the Missouri University and the Medical Director of Pediatrics at the Kansas City Clinics and Children’s Mercy Hospitals, Kenneth Wible, MD, a lot depends upon the diet of infants when it comes to frequency of baby poop. Breastfed babies have thinner and more stools as compare
- Wible says generally, five to six stools in a day are quite normal and parents should not worry about this. In the early few days, the baby stool frequency can be more, as they settle down, this decrease.
- Barry Steinmetz, MD, and a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Long Beach, Calif, Miller Children’s Hospital through his observation has noted that the bowel movements in each child vary, and hence the frequency differs from one child to another.
- According to Steinmetz, the only thing you should check is whether the stool is soft; the child is gaining weight and eating well.1
Some children may poop after every couple of hours, whereas some may poop every alternate day. In breastfed babies, as the milk of the mother matures, there is a sudden drop in the frequency of the bowel movements. But there is no reason to worry as it is quite common since the mother’s milk has all the nutrients in balanced amount due to which there is not much in the form of residue.
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Understanding The Basics Of Baby Stool:
If stools determine the health of your baby, it is always advisable to know a few basics of the poop. Here are the four basic conditions that will help you to understand the basics of the poop better:
1. Basics Of Your Baby’s Stool:
Stool constitutes several components such as bacteria, cells shed from the bile and intestine and the broken-down food.
- Most of the color of the poop is due to the bile that is excreted as byproduct by the liver and sent to the intestine.
- Although immediately after birth the intestine of the infant is sterile, after a few weeks, their poop and intestines carry loads of healthy and diverse bacteria.
- The breastfed infants consume varied range of proteins that depends upon the type of food ingested by the nursing mother.
- The variety of food eaten by the mother also causes changes in the color of the poop.
- In case of formula-fed babies, the color variation in the poop is more due to the bacterial variations.
- The color of poop in both formula-fed and breastfed babies may keep on varying.
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2. Consistency Of The Poop:
You will be surprised to know the variations in the consistencies of the poop of babies. Here are some variations:
- Just as the color, the consistency of poop also shows lots of variations from mushier resembling the yogurt or cottage cheese or thick as peanut butter.
- Babies feeding on breast milk have usually curdy, seedy, yellow or fancy mustard like poop.
- The formula-fed babies have pudding like poop.
- In case, the poop of your baby is log like or pebble like then it is an indication that he is constipated.
3. Timing Of The Poop:
The timing of the poop may differ again as per the baby’s schedule of feeding.
- Some breastfed babies, poop within two hours of feeding.
- Formula fed babies poop once or two times a day and their timing usually becomes fixed after a few days.
- From babies to toddlers and then further into kids, bowel movements become more steady and the timing almost stable.