why does my baby have dark green poop
What should I do? Give your baby plenty of fluids continue to breastfeed on demand or keep feeding formula as usual. The younger the baby and the more frequent the diarrhea, the greater the concern for dehydration. Your health care provider may advise you to give your baby an oral rehydration solution, such as, to help prevent or treat dehydration. Call your doctor or seek medical advice if your baby: has diarrhea and a fever with a temperature higher than 38. 5`C
(101. 5`F); shows signs of dehydration such as fewer than 4 wet diapers in 24 hours and absense of tears. Do not give your baby antidiarrheal medication unless advised by your health care professional. For more information on diarrhea and infants, consult: Caring for Kids. Dehydration and diarrhea in children: Prevention and treatment. Canadian Paediatric Society. JuneP2013. Available online at:. Normal Color and Consistency BabyБs first stools are the black and tarry meconium that was in her gut at birth. When breastfeeding is going well, by about the third day, babyБs poop changes to Бtransitional stools,Б which have a dark greenish color.
By the fifth day or so, the poopБs color changes again to yellow. Its consistency now (and until baby begins consuming anything other than your milk) may look like split pea soup, liquid with seedy bits in it. But if your babyБs poop is all liquid and no seeds, this is also normal. BabyБs yellow poop is made mostly from the fat in your milk. During the first six weeks, babies gaining weight well usually poop at least 3 to 4 times a day with stools at least the diameter of a US quarter (22 mm) or larger. There is no such thing as too many poops. (Lots of pooping just means your baby is getting lots of milk, which is great. ) But too few poops mean itБs time for a weight check. If your baby is younger than 6 weeks old, is pooping fewer than 3 to 4 times per day, or her stools havenБt turned yellow by the fifth day, a weight check will tell you if this is just a normal variation or a cause for concern.
ItБs not until after 6 weeks that some healthy breastfed babies poop much less often, sometimes even once a week. Check babyБs weight at a health-providerБs office. A bathroom scale just wonБt do. A weight gain of about 1 oz. (30 g) or more per day indicates that all is well. No matter what your babyБs age, as long as she is gaining weight well, donБt worry if she has fewer stools than expected. Causes of Green Poop Despite what you may have heard (see the next section), green and brown are in the normal range of poop colors. They are not a reason to worry if baby seems well and is gaining weight. What can cause green poop? A tummy bug. When your baby is ill, this can cause a change in poop color that may last for weeks. Keep breastfeeding! ItБs the best way to help baby recover. Oversupply. If you produce so much milk that your baby receives mostly high-sugar/low-fat milk, it may overwhelm babyБs gut and cause watery or green stools. (Click more details and tips for adjusting milk production downward when needed. ) Ineffective breastfeeding.
If on the fifth day, babyБs stools turn green instead of yellow, as in the case of oversupply, this may be a sign that baby can't drain the breast well enough to get past the low-fat/high sugar foremilk. In this case, though, a health or anatomy issue (like tongue tie) may be the cause. Unlike oversupply, babyБs weight gain may or may not be below average. Now is the time to. Sensitivity to a food or drug. When a sensitive or allergic baby reacts to a drug youБre taking, something in your diet, or something baby consumes directly, this may turn her poops green or mucusy. You may even see bits of blood in it, which is not considered serious. (Click for info you can share with your health-care provider. ) Food sensitivity occurs most often in families with a history of allergy. When this is the cause, expect to also see other physical symptoms, such as skin problems (eczema, rashes, dry patches), tummy upsets (vomiting, diarrhea), or breathing issues (congestion, runny nose, wheezing, coughing).
What about Foremilk-Hindmilk Imbalance? Many new parents read online that Бforemilk-hindmilk imbalanceБ is the most likely cause of green poop. This term was coined in a 1988 that reported the experiences of a few mothers who breastfed by the clock, switching breasts after 10 minutes even though baby hadnБt finished on that side. Its results have never been duplicated, and newer findings call into question this articleБs conclusions. Many now wonder if foremilk-hindmilk imbalance even exists. To learn more, click. Setting Worries to Rest In most cases, green poop is nothing to be concerned about. But it helps to know whatБs normal, possible causes, and some of the common myths about this experience. If your breastfeeding baby is healthy and thriving, thatБs the most important thing you need to know.
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