Mucous in the Stool
When you have had a new baby there are innumerable
concerns relating 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 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 ~ Baby is drinking too much of the high lactose foremilk while breastfeeding.
Read more about foremilk/hindmilk imbalance here.
causes mucous in stools because of excess saliva that is produced by teething.
• A virus may cause diarrhoea with frequent, watery stools that have mucous.
Read more on diarrhoea 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 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. But 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
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
Other pages on “breastfeeding problems” in connection with this page
- Diarrhoea and green stools
- Normal stools in the breastfed infant
- Blood in baby’s stools
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