Mucous In The Stool
When you have had a new baby, there are an insurmountable amount of
concerns that are related to your baby. Your baby’s stool is one area
A common baby stool is light tan to dark brown and the
consistency is soft, loose and seedy, but it is normal for Baby to have
the occasional pale yellow and dark green stool... especially if you are
However, when your baby has green mucous or bloody
mucous in their poop, it may be cause for concern.
If your baby has mucous in their stool, it can be caused by several
things, most of which are not huge concerns. Your baby could have mucous
in their stool because of the following reasons;
• Food allergies may cause mucous in baby’s stool.
Read more about food allergies in the breastfed baby.
• Foremilk / hindmilk imbalance ~ Baby is drinking too much of the high lactose foremilk while breastfeeding.
Read more about foremilk/hindmilk imbalance here.
causes mucous in stool because your baby has an excess of saliva while teething, which can cause mucous in stool.
• A virus may cause frequent watery stools, due to diarrhea and
they may come with mucous in them. A green mucous stool is sometimes due to a virus.
Read more on diarrhea in baby.
• Malabsorption, which is when Baby is not absorbing nutrients from
breast milk or formula, also causes mucous in the stool. This is a very
• Intussusception is when your baby has bloody mucous in their
stool and also has severe abdominal cramps. If your baby has a bright
red stool, in addition to mucous, you need to consult your pediatrician,
this could be due to severe intestinal problems. On the flip side, it could mean that your baby has a cut in the skin around the anus, which is
a less serious issue, but you need your pediatrician to check on your
baby if there is blood in the stool or bloody mucous in the stool.
• Mucous can also cause
so it is necessary to find out what the issue is and treat it, so you can avoid diaper rash.
Finding mucous in your baby's stools can be scary and if you have
any concerns, you should check with your pediatrician. As parents, we
have many worries and this is one problem that is usually easy to fix
and is typically pretty normal.
Our little bundle of joy can come with many issues and we need to pay attention to every small detail, including their stool.
By Angela Mccall
Other pages on “breastfeeding problems” in connection with this page
- Diarrhea and green stools
- Normal stools in the breastfed infant
- Blood in baby’s stools
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