black green stools

by jyotsna
(india)

my baby is 5 months old and having too much cough and cold all d time. he is not pooing regularly now and poos once in 3-4 days.his poos color is combination of green black and yellow. it is also tight and he has to apply lot of pressure while passing stool.and at the same time suddenly watery...i m vey much concerned.pls help. he is on breast feed.

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Sep 12, 2013
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Strange Poo
by: Lyssa

Hello!

A bowel movement every 3-5 days, or even going as long as a week, is not unusual for exclusively breastfed babies. Bowel movements can also range in colour from yellow to green to brown and anywhere in between. Colour depends on many factors including the mother's diet, which can also change the colour of the milk.

Some straining can also be expected, as passing a bowel movement lying down is not optimal. Helping your baby sit up, rubbing their tummy, or moving their legs in a "bicycle" motion can help your baby more easily pass gas and bowel movements.

If you are concerned with the colour, consistency, or other problems with your baby, it is always best to consult a medical professional.

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Mucuous in the poop?

When would mucous show up in the stool? Is this a potential sign of food intolerance vs. food allergy?

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Jan 29, 2013
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a few reasons
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

There are a few things that can cause a mucous in stool...

* Food allergies

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/infant-food-allergy.html

* Foremilk / hindmilk imbalance ~ Baby is drinking too much of the high lactose foremilk while breastfeeding.

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/foremilk-hindmilk-imbalance.html

* Teething 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.

* Malabsorption, which is when baby is not absorbing nutrients from breast milk or formula, also causes mucous in the stool. This is a very rare occurrence.

* 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.



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Blood in stool/Diet/Milk Soy Protein Intolerance

by Julie
(California)





Regarding breastfeeding problems, my daughter lost a lot of weight after she was born. The hospital I was at was nice enough to give me several options on how to supplement.

I ended up going with the SNS. It was really hard for me to use in the beginning and just added a lot of frustration to being a new mom. I struggled for a long time to get her weight up. It took me almost 3 months to finally phase out the SNS. At that time she started getting blood in her stool. It took a long time for the doctors to listen to me about how much blood it was and she was crying A LOT too. After about a month I was finally able to get a referral to an Gastroenterologist (sp?). She was diagnosed with Milk Soy Protein Intolerance.

I was advised to cut out all dairy and soy from my diet. I did that but no change. The doctor told me to stop breast feeding and give her Nutramagin formula. I was determined to continue breast feeding. I researched online a lot and decided to try the Dr. Sears total elimination diet. Basically I ate nothing but turkey, rice, pears, and squash for a couple of months. That did it and my daughter was fine within a couple of weeks. After 2 months I slowly added foods back but not many. The good news is that I lost all that baby weight quickly!

Oh, I should add that while I was waiting for my pediatrician to listen to me about the blood in my daughters stool, the lactation consultant I was seeing diagnosed Milk Soy Protein Intolerance the first time I mentioned the blood. She advised me to cut out dairy, soy, nuts, etc long before my doctor would even listen to me. However, my daughter turned out to be intolerant to many more foods so I had to do the elimination diet to really take care of it.

I introduced cows milk at 12 months and my daughter is fine now, she can eat whatever she wants.

That was my first child. My second child didn't have the same intolerance problems. However, he was jaundice and had to stay under the lights. I ended up having to supplement him with a bottle so he could get enough fluids to flush out his system. We didn't have any problems getting him back to exclusively breast feeding after that though. It was hard because I only had 30 minutes to nurse him every three hours. That was all he could come out of the lights. I decided to do the bottle so he could get as much fluids as possible in that 30 minutes. I knew from my daughter that there was no way I could get a full feeding done with a newborn in 30 minutes, the lights make them extra sleepy too.

The bad thing about my second child not have MSPI is that I didn't have to do the diet and I still haven't lost the baby weight from him and its been 3 years!

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mucus in his stool

by aso
(kurdistan/iraq)

my new born baby is 41 days he has mucus in his stool and some time a little fresh blood and hes very well and quiet he breast feed

is it scary this situation?

thanks

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Dec 26, 2013
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Unusual Stool
by: Lyssa

I would suggest you take your cues from your baby. If you are not seeing baby dehydrated (3-6 wet diapers a day) or uncomfortable passing poop (some grunting is normal, but crying for long spells or a dark brown blood can indicate an abnormality), I wouldn't worry. If you are concerned, you should take your child to be looked at by a medical professional.

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pooping mucus with seeds

by christine
(clarksville tn)

I have a 5 month baby girl whose been sick for the past week but the last couple days shes been pooping mucus with seeds and don't know if that's normal...when i was in n.c i switched her from good start to Enfamil and here in tn they switched her back to Goodstart and she also has a cough I'm not sure if any of this is normal.

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Feb 17, 2012
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cough?
by: Tracy

Hi!

I usually say any consistency of poop is normal really as long as its not too hard or like water and as long as your baby is picking up weight and seems happy, but when you say your baby has a cough...
I think you should rather go to the doc with this, or to the pediatrician. Just to be on the safe side.

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black tar like poop

by Nichole
(Bakersfield,ca. USA)

Crazy poop!

5 months old with black tar like poop. Has just started solids. Is this normal?

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Feb 17, 2012
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baby stools
by: Tracy

Hi!

It is expected that poop changes when solids are introduced. Your baby's tummy has to get accustomed to it. As long as the stools are not too hard or too watery...everything is fine. If baby seems happy and is eating well, sleeping well, gaining weight...all is good. ;-)

The color, smell and consistency should change over the next few weeks or so.

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