Mucous in the Stool
(Mucus spelled incorrectly for search engine purposes)

There are many concerns relating to your baby. Your baby’s stool is one area of interest.

A typical baby stool is a 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 breastfeeding.

However, when your baby has green mucous or bloody mucous in their poop, it may be cause for concern. 

mucous in the stool of infants

There can be several things causing the mucous in your baby's stool;  most of which are not huge concerns. Your baby may have mucous in their diaper for any of the following reasons: 

Food allergies may cause mucous in baby’s stool. 

Foremilk/hindmilk imbalance: Your baby is drinking too much of the high lactose foremilk while breastfeeding. 

Teething causes mucous in stools, due to the excess saliva that is produced by teething.

• A virus may cause diarrhea with frequent, watery stools that contain mucous. 

• 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 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 mucus, you need to consult your pediatrician, 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 worrisome issue. You need your pediatrician 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 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


Baby Poop Basics



Comments

Suspecting protein intolerance

by Joanna 

(Chicago)

"Hello, we had the same problem, blood and mucus in the stool, which started around two months (right after my son's first round of vaccines.) 

Until then, he was in 90 percentile with his weight, after he started dropping to 75. The doctors are suspecting protein intolerance, so I try to stay away from dairy, soy, and gluten.

I have another theory next to the one with the vaccines, and my question is how many of the babies with this problem, are C-section babies??

My son is c-section and vaccinated. 

Eliminate Cows Protein

by Anon 

Hi, If the doctor says it's cow protein causing the issue, I would suggest that you eliminate cows protein (all dairy products) from your diet if you are breastfeeding. If you are not breastfeeding, I suggest you get a formula that is cow protein free.

Many babies are allergic to cows protein in the first few weeks of life, but this should improve with time. Most babies usually outgrow this between 6 months and a year. 

Hope this helps


First to get your baby tested for allergies.

by Just another mom 


Hi! Have you started introducing solids into baby's diet? An introduction of solids can cause some tummy issues, especially if the baby is under 4-6 months of age. 

As far as I know, it is very rare that something in your diet would cause the discomfort, but in those rare cases, it could be some things such as dairy, nuts, fish, citrus fruits, caffeinated foods, and drinks. Before you eliminate any of these from your diet, it is best first to get your baby tested for allergies. Removing certain foods unnecessarily is also not advisable due to new recent research, that suggests that the introduction of "culprit allergy foods" into your baby's diet in small amounts from the age of 4 months can prevent allergic reactions later on.A mother is now encouraged to eat these foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding unless she (herself) is allergic to a specific food. Some culprit foods include dairy products, nuts, fish, eggs, wheat, soy and citrus fruits.


Two weeks before milk proteins clear your system 

by: Anonymous

"Both my doctor and midwife said it could take up to 2 weeks before the milk proteins cleared my system and baby's system. 

I stopped, and within two weeks my baby was less fussy and had less reflux. I just started gradually again at four months, and now she has blood in the stool after Mac and cheese on the Fourth of July.Will stop again!"


Stool with Blood and Mucous

by: Tina 

"My baby had stool with blood and mucus. All the time he had blood and mucous in every stool. And he had horrible diarrhea; he was passing stool about ten times a day. 

I try to cut off all dairy, nuts, eggs, beef, but nothing was working. 

He is a happy and healthy baby, so my doctor told me that don't worry about blood and mucous or start your baby with formula feed. 

And he said maybe blood, and mucous will go away when I start to feed him solids because it can help to slow down bowel movement.

He was right after I started to feed him solids; he passed stool 1 or 2 per day and no blood and mucus. 

Maybe it's helpful for someone"


Don’t need to worry too much about it

by Anonymous

Hi, Yes, this is okay. If your baby is happy and is growing and eating well, you don’t need to worry too much about it. Many moms notice a few mucus stools. It is not always a need for concern. Most times, when Baby starts to eat solids, the sliminess disappears. 


So just keep breastfeeding

by Zelda Behr 

Breast milk is the best food there is for baby, and nothing can replace it, it is made in such a way that it can heal infections...so just keep breastfeeding. 

There are a few things that can cause this problem that you are experiencing

* If your little one has constipation it can cause a rectal tear.

* Milk and meat in your diet can cause this, so stick to the diet a bit longer. At least two weeks to see results. 

* If accompanied by vomiting and a fever it could be an infection which will need medical attention.

As long as your baby is happy and gaining weight, I will say don't worry too much.


Hope this helps and good luck."


Blood and mucus in stool happen occasionally

by Lyssa 

"Many have firm opinions on vaccines on both sides of the issue, and each side feels very strongly about their position. 

It is crucial for you to decide about vaccines with your partner and your doctor. As this is not a vaccine site, it is difficult to give an opinion on them either way. 

An essential thing to consider is that correlation (two things happening seemingly the same time or one right after the other) does NOT mean causation (one thing causing the other to happen.) 

Sometimes things happen, and it is always important to look at every factor and not just the "obvious" ones. 

I can tell you that blood and mucus in stool happen occasionally, and unless it happens frequently, or on a noticeable cycle, are not usually a concern. If you are concerned with the frequency of your baby's bloody stool, you should discuss this with your doctor. 

Allergies can occur at any time, and as of yet, there is no definitive cause as to why they do happen or how to prevent them. If you believe your child to be misdiagnosed, you can always consult another doctor or specialist for a second opinion." 

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