A lot can be said about the health of your baby with one look at his/her poop. You will find a lot of changes taking place in your child’s poop as he/she grows, but at times certain changes in colour and texture might indicate the occurrence of infections or other ailments.
Here is a list of 12 different types of baby poop that will help you understand the health of your baby:
- The Newborn Poop: The poop of your baby will change drastically within the first few days after its arrival on this earth. Newborn babies usually have a greenish-black and tarry poop which often looks like motor oil. This poop is known meconium and it has huge amounts of amniotic fluids, skin cells, and mucus among other things. Within three to four days the poop will change colour and become greener and less tacky.
- The Breastfeeding Poop: This type of poop is usually mustard or yellow in colour and has a pasty texture. Healthy breastfeeding poop also has a sweet smell.
- The Formula Fed Poop: This poop has a typical shade of yellow or brown and often resembles peanut butter. It tends to be more odorous than breastfeeding poop.
- The Food-in-Poop Poop: Sometimes when the food is not entirely digested, it travels down the intestine without being broken down, as is passed on with poop. This results in chunks of food in your baby’s poop and might even give it a different colour.
- The Orange-Yellow-Brown Poops: Your baby’s poop can be orange or yellow or brown in colour while being breastfed or bottle fed. This is extremely normal.
- The Green Poop: If your baby is taking iron supplements, then the poop is going to be green in colour.
- The Black-Blood-in-Poop Poop: Your baby’s poop might have little specks of black blood in it. This may be the result of him or her swallowing some blood of yours which might’ve come out through your cracked nipples while you were breastfeeding. Although it is not harmful, there is no harm in consulting your doctor about it.
- The Runny Poop: If your baby’s poop is runny and green or yellow in colour, then he or she is suffering from diarrhea. This might be an indication of an infection or some other stomach ailment.
- The Hard-Pebble Poop: When your baby is suffering from constipation, the poop may be hard and pebble like. This usually happens when you introduce your baby to solid food. Constipation is also a sign of some kind of intolerance towards milk or soy.
- The Blood-in-Poop Poop: Your baby’s poop might be red in colour because of something he or she ate, like beetroot or tomatoes. It might also be a sign of blood in the poop. Blood in normal poop is a sign of dairy or milk protein allergy while in diarrhea it is a sign of a bacterial infection.
- The Mucus Poop: If you find green slimy streaks in your baby’s poop, it might be either because your baby is drooling or because of an infection.
- The White Poop: If your baby’s poop is chalky and white in colour, then it is a warning that your baby is not able to digest food properly. It is also a sign that your baby’s liver is not functioning properly.