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Baby stool: decode their color

Baby stool: decode their color


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All moms wonder about the colors of the stool of their baby. Greenish tinge, golden yellow, brown, black, carrot color or tinged with red ... its cacas follow each other but are not alike. We help you decode the color of your stool.

His stools are black

  • Classic at birth, it's due to meconium! The very first stools of your baby are black, slimy and sticky ... normal. He begins by rejecting meconium, a matter that has accumulated in his intestines during the meals of his intrauterine life. Its stool will keep this aspect as long as all the meconium adhering to its intestinal walls has not been eliminated. It can take 3 or 4 days.
  • Good to know : sometimes meconium does not appear until after 48 hours or more and the baby's diaper remains immaculate. No worries. This emission delay may be due to drying of the feces and the formation of a small plug. The nursery nurses will come to the end with a very light enema.

Its stools are greenish

  • Greenish, soft ... it is not worrying, it is a reaction to the air. This green tint is often only due to the oxidation, in contact with the air, of the pigments present in the feces.
  • Another explanation is that some formula milks are enriched with iron, which tends to turn green and soften stools.

His stool is golden yellow

  • As long as you breastfeed your baby, you will find in its layers small golden yellow grits on a liquid background (it looks like scrambled eggs). They will not be molded, that is to say, firm and well trained before the age of 3 weeks-1 month for a baby breastfed, before a fortnight for a baby bottle-fed.
  • Few are the exchanges where you will not find this clear cluster! Although it varies from one baby to another, the number of stools can be high. Many poop systematically at each feeding. Indeed, by triggering the digestive motricity, suction can cause a bowel movement.
  • Contrary to what many moms fear, loose, frequent stools do not necessarily mean diarrhea.
  • If you notice a significant change in your baby's stool, if it is much more abundant or much softer than usual, talk to the pediatrician promptly. In infants, diarrhea should be stopped without delay to avoid any risk of dehydration.

Stool is yellow carrot or corn

  • At the time of dietary diversification where you introduce meat, fruits and vegetables into your baby's menus, it is normal for her cacas to take on a darker shade. And when he's old enough to go to bits, you'll find small bits of carrots or corn kernels in his stool. His body rode gradually and his little worries will disappear little by little, the time that his digestive maturation comes to an end.

His saddles are brown

  • Your baby stays for a little while (more than 2 days) without dirtying his diaper and his cocks are round and brown ... it's a sign of a laborious transit. If he has gas, drinks well and does not vomit, just take patience. It will probably emit after 3 or 4 days an abundant saddle, often liquid.
  • On the other hand, if your baby cries at each bowel movement, if the contents of his nappy are systematically dry, hard and friable, with the appearance of small marbles, they are signs of constipation: it is due to a slowing down of the intestinal transit, which leads to excessive reabsorption of the water contained in the stool. These are therefore dehydrated. Dietary measures will then be taken in agreement with the doctor or the pediatrician.

His stools are tinged with red

  • A discovery that has something to impress, but which is probably the sign of a passing irritation.
  • If it's just red streaks on his diaper, first make sure you did not use eosin to treat diaper rash during the last change.
  • If you are sure to recognize blood in your baby's stool, consult your doctor. Most often, he will diagnose a simple anal fissure. The causes of irritation of the lining of the anus in a baby can be varied: diaper rash, constipation, repeated temperature ... The application of a healing ointment will stop the bleeding.
  • An infection can also be the cause of these blood losses. Some germs, such as salmonella, cause irritation of the intestinal mucosa, which starts to bleed. Your doctor will prescribe an effective treatment.
  • Certain food allergies, especially cow's milk, can cause inflammation of the colon and cause the emission of mucus and blood. Most often, other associated symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, pallor ...) help in the diagnosis.

His stool is white

  • In his bed, you see stools very white, greyish, discolored? This may be a sign of jaundice or more serious neonatal cholestasis (severe liver disease of the infant). Talk to the pediatrician right away.

Laurence Dibarrat