There are innumerable concerns relating to your baby. Your baby’s stool is one area of concern.
A common baby stool is light tan to dark brown and the consistency is soft, loose and seedy. But, it is normal for a baby to have the occasional pale yellow and dark green stool, especially if you are breast feeding.
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 may have mucous in their stool for any 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: Your baby is drinking too much of the high lactose foremilk while breastfeeding. Read more about foremilk/hindmilk imbalance here.
• Teething causes mucous in stools, due to the excess saliva that is produced by teething.
• A virus may cause diarrhoea with frequent, watery stools that contain mucous. Read more about diarrhoea in the breastfed baby.
• Malabsorption, which is when a baby is not absorbing nutrients from breast milk or formula, this also causes mucous in the stool. This is a very rare occurrence.
• Intussusception is when your baby has bloody mucous in their stool accompanied by severe abdominal cramps. If your baby has a bright red stool, in addition to mucous, you need to consult your paediatrician, as 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. You need your paediatrician to check on your baby if there is any blood in the stool or bloody mucous in the stool.
• Mucous can also cause diaper rash, so it is necessary to find out what the issue is and treat it and so avoid diaper rash.
Finding mucous in your baby's stools can be scary and if you have any concerns, you should check with your paediatrician. 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
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