Parenthood is an amazing experience, but it can definitely be overwhelming! One of the questions we often see is, “What does my baby’s poop mean? Is there anything I can do to help?” We’re here to give you the answers! Here are the different kinds of poop your baby may have, as well as how probiotics could help.
We always recommend checking with your doctor before beginning any new supplements or routines.
Newborn Baby Poop
Newborn baby poop is very different in their first few days of life because it’s the sticky, tar-like meconium. Made up of amniotic fluid, mucus, skin cells, and more, this tacky poop will typically resolve two to four days after birth. The “transitional” stools are green and less sticky than the meconium.
Breastfed Baby Poop
Did you know that breastfed and formula-fed babies have different poop? Breastfed babies typically have poop that’s mustard yellow, green, or brown in color. While it’s typically soft yet solid, it can also become diarrhea. Healthy poop from breastfed babies will smell slightly sweet, which is different from formula-fed babies.
Formula Fed Babies
We believe moms make the best decisions for their babies, and this can mean using formula. You rock, mama! If your baby is formula-fed, their poop will be yellow or brown with a paste-like consistency. They also typically have fewer bowel movements, but will be larger and smell, well, stinky.
Partially Digested Food in Baby Poop
If you’re seeing partially digested food in your baby’s poop, there’s no need to be immediately alarmed. Some foods aren’t completely digestible, or it will pass through their digestive system quickly enough that it won’t digest completely.
Baby Poop Warning Signs
A baby’s poop can vary widely during their first year, but if you see any of these warning signs be sure to call your pediatrician.
Runny Baby Poop
If your baby has runny poop for more than a day or two, it could be an infection. Be sure to consult your doctor to prevent it from worsening and leading to possible dehydration.
Hard, Pebble-Like Baby Poop
Babies often become constipated when introduced to solid foods, or if they’ve developed a food sensitivity. The most common sensitivities in infants are milk or soy and can occur for both breastfed and formula-fed babies.
Red Blood in Baby Poop
Red blood in your baby’s poop could be related to the food they ate, like tomatoes or juice, but it could also be a sign of something more. Normal poop with blood may point to a milk protein allergy, but if your baby has red blood and diarrhea, it could be a bacterial infection.
Mucus in Baby Poop
Finding mucus in your baby’s poop could just be because your baby is drooling, but it could also be a sign of infection. If you continue finding green-colored streaks and glistening areas, call your pediatrician.
White Baby Poop
Chalky white poop could mean your baby isn’t properly digesting food because there’s not enough bile from the liver to help digestion. In this case, we recommend calling your doctor.
While your child will go through many different phases and types of poop within their first year, it’s important to know what is typical and what may need further attention. For added digestive support, add probiotics to your children’s diet. From yogurt to supplements, probiotics are the good gut bugs that can support healthy digestion.
When the good bacteria outweigh the bad, you can focus on providing an environment for your kids to learn and thrive.
For more information on probiotics for the whole family, click here.