By Dr Kalpesh Patil , Pediatrics
Have always been wondering what does your baby poop type signify?
From colour to texture and smell, everything has its own significance. Let’s take a look at the types of baby poop so as to understand your child’s digestive tract.
- Greeny Black Tar: This dark, tar like poop is called meconium. It generally comes within 24 hours after birth. The meconium stage only lasts a few days.
- Black: After the first few days of meconium, a tarry black poop could signal bleeding. Consult your paediatrician in such case.
- Tan Poops: If your baby is on formula feeding, and the baby poop is tan and slightly solid, then it’s considered normal.
- Lemon: This baby poop colour usually means there is some concern in the digestive tract. It could be because of Milk Imbalance i.e. The baby is not getting enough of the rich creamy milk at the end of a feed.
- Dark Green: Dark green poop is a normal variation of poop from a baby who is taking an iron supplement.
- Brownish Colour: Baby poop starts turning brown as soon as they start taking solid foods.
- White Chalky: It may be a sign of undiagnosed liver disease that needs to be addressed as soon as possible by your paediatrician.
- Red: Red poop is not necessarily a serious concern. It could be because of dairy allergy, or constipation, however, if it is thin and watery with red streaks then please consult a paediatrician since it could be a bacterial infection.
- Breastfed Baby Poop: A breastfed baby’s normal poop will be loose and, at times, grainy or seedy, which are undigested fat and considered normal.
- Formula Fed Baby Poop: A formula fed baby’s normal poop is thicker and has the consistency of Red poop is not necessarily a serious concern. It could be because of dairy allergy, or constipation, however, if it is thin and watery with red streaks then please consult a paediatrician since it could be a bacterial infection.
- Undigested food in baby’s poop: Little undigested food in baby poop is considered normal.
- Rabbit Pellets: If your baby is having dry poops that are hard to pass, it’s a sign of constipation. Introduce solids post 6 months when your child is comfortable.
- Baby or newborn diarrhoea: If baby is starts passing loose stools, it could be diarrhoea. Consult a paediatrician, who can run tests to rule out infections.
- Frothy: Baby poop that is frothy or mucousy can signify that something isn’t quite right. It could be the foremilk/hind milk imbalance or it could be a bacterial infection.
- Frequency of Baby Poop:A breastfed baby should have two or more good sized poops a day for the first 6-8 weeks.
A formula fed baby’s range of normal poop is 1 to 4 times a day.
Always consult a Doctor and avoid any self medications.