An Important (Gag-Free) Baby Poop Color Chart

An Important {Gag-Free} Baby Poop Color Chart - This is extremely helpful in assessing your baby's health! Your infant: a Picasso of Poo.

A Gucci of gastrointestinal wonders.

Brown is so last year as a baby poop color, and your infant knows it.

She’s a fashionista.

She makes STATEMENTS.

The test, as the parent of such an artsy-fartsy baby is to be able to identify which of those statements are “personal expressions” and which baby poop colors are the flashing red lights of danger.

 

Chalky White

baby poop color white The magic ingredient that colors poop (because I’m know you soooo want to know) is bile.

Using our parental powers of deduction, my dear Watson, we can then conclude that the absence of color in your baby’s waste is a signal your baby is not producing enough bile.

A bile shortage is caused by liver or gallbladder problems and can be serious.  Call your doctor right away.

 

Rosey Pink

baby poop color pink This “pretty” shade of poo is directly related to something your baby has eaten recently.

Usually the culprit is beets, but it could also be tied to cranberries, tomatoes, Froot Loops, red Jell-O, or cherry popsicles.

Pink is pretty harmless, but I would still compare it with the other reddish shades.  Art is fickle.  Just because you see pink doesn’t mean your doctor wouldn’t see red.

 

Raspberry

baby poop color raspberry If you see a raspberry baby poop color that looks like mucus (think congealed fat), you need to call your doctor immediately.

That could be a sign of a serious intestinal problem.

 

Ruby Red

There are several reasons why you might see a bright red baby poop color.

  1. baby poop color red If the poop is normal (not in hard pellets), but has specks of red everywhere, this is usually caused by a milk allergy.  If you’re breastfeeding, cut out diary.  If you’re giving formula, try switching to soy.
  2. If the poop is in hard pellets, your baby is constipated and the blood (streaked or spotted throughout) is probably due to small tears in the anus.  Adding a little prune juice (teaspoons for newborns, tablespoons for older babies) to her next bottle to soften things up.
  3. If the poop is watery (diarrhea-like) and is streaked with red, this may be signs of a bacterial infection.  Consult your doctor.

 

Mustard Yellow

Mustard yellow is the most common breastfed baby poop color.  Why is it common?  Because it’s completely normal.

baby poop color mustard Occasionally you may also see little white “seeds” sprinkled around.  These are partially digested milk solids and are also completely normal.

Supposedly this breastfed yellow poop smells sweeter than the poops of formula-fed babies.

Heaven knows I’m not going to stick my nose in there to confirm, so I’ll just pass it along as an extra (unconfirmed)  breastfeeding bonus.

Breastfed babies also tend to have looser stools than their formula-fed siblings.  It is very rare for a breastfed baby to be constipated.  (Remember, frequency isn’t the sign of constipation – texture is. )

 

Hummus Brown

baby poop color tan If “mustard” is normal for breastfed babies, “hummus” is the Ned Normal for formula-fed infants.

It also can sometimes have flecked little white seeds sprinkled around.

If the consistency is like hummus, baby is fine.  If it’s thicker, like peanut butter, you may have a constipation issue to resolve.

 

Dirt Brown

baby poop color brown
90% of all diaper changes will display the dirt-brown boring baby poop color.

Although it’s the most boring of baby poop colors, it’s also a good sign that all his little microbes are functioning properly.  Especially after you’ve introduced baby food.

 

Lime Green

Lime green is one of the most startling of baby poop colors.  Most of the time it’s accompanied by a frothy, bubbly texture.  (Think of a rancid cappuccino.)

baby poop color green This is a sign of a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.

Foremilk is “first milk” that comes from the breast.  It’s fairly sweet and thin, like skim milk.

Hindmilk is the milk that “comes from behind” (that’s how I remember, anyway).  It is richer and fattier and contains most of the power-nutrients your baby needs.

Lime green poo is a sign that your baby is snacking too much on the sweet foremilk.  Try keeping her on one breast longer, so she pulls out the thicker, richer hindmilk.

Weight checks are another good way to test this.  Babies who are getting their hindmilk will gain weight easier.

If you’re not breastfeeding, or are and your infant isn’t snacking, talk to your pediatrician.  Lime green poo can also be a sign of a virus.  (He may ask to see the green baby poop color for testing, so ask before tossing.)

 

Evergreen

An evergreen baby poop color is the result of extra iron floating through your baby’s system.  It’s usually also accompanied by thick constipated stools.

baby poop color evergreen

Don’t stop supplementing with iron (if your doctor has told you to) or try to switch to an iron-free formula.  Iron is a “must have” nutrient your baby needs for proper brain growth and development.

If your infant is straining and showing signs of constipation, add a little prune juice to the bottle or speak to your doctor about using an over-the-counter stool softener.

 

Night Black

There are several reasons why your baby’s poo could be black. baby poop color black

Black, tar-like poop (called meconium) is what your newborn’s very first poop looks like, sometimes days after birth.  It is normal.

If you’re breastfeeding and your nipples are cracked and bleeding, the black flecks sprinkled around your baby’s poop is the result of her swallowing and digesting your blood.  Yes, that’s nasty.  Heal those nips, friend!

It could be the result of too much iron.  (See my instructions for Evergreen…sometimes it’s a green so dark it looks black.)

If it is a solid black color, you may be looking at a serious problem.  Your baby’s digestive system could be bleeding somewhere.  Call your doctor right away.

Fickle Fecal Matter

You know, I used to be all squeamish about these things.  But three kids later, the word “poop” has lost it’s ewwww effect.

After changing hundreds of those little “surprises”, I’ve learned just how fickle those little baby’s bowels can be.

What’s brown today can be easily green tomorrow.

That said, no matter which baby poop color your artistic infant decides to produce, you should ALWAYS call your pediatrician if…

  • you see bloody mucus in the poop
  • your infant is running a fever
  • your baby is vomiting
  • he is refusing to eat
  • his urine is darker-in color or infrequent (dehydration is the #1 hospitalizer of babies)
  • he seems limp and not responsive – in fact, if this is him, call 911.

Just remember my little mantra:

When in doubt, give Doc a shout!

Your baby’s poo, although not the nicest thing to look out, is your best window into the innermost workings of his little body.

It is the first sign that things are going well…or not so well, so watch it closely.

Have you ever been surprised by opening up your baby’s “gift”? 

What baby poop color shocked you the most?

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Comments

  1. Ha… green poop can also mean they ate spinach!!! :)

  2. hi all after reading the colour chart i still am a bit confused.. my little boyis 8 months old and is bottle fed on SMA. About 1 week ago when he turned 8 months he wasnt very well vomitting a little bit and doing diarohea. I noticed he has his appetite back as he is on solids now but his dirrohea hasnt improved. its gone from brown to bright mustard yellow colour with white seedy like bits… i am very worried as im a first time mum and have no idea what to think. when he has his toilet moments he doesnt strain its almost as if it comes out watery when he farts.. should i take him to gp as i read online it could be a virus/gastrointeritis or could be teething…. id be greatful if someone could give me some insight as to what i should do

    • Mel, it sounds like you feel like something may not be quite right. In this case, I would trust your intuition. It may be just fine, but since I can’t really tell, I would trust your mom-sense and bring a stool sample into the doctor for his advice. That way you’ll know for sure. :)

    • Sounds like good bacteria is out of balance give probiotics or live culture yogurts

  3. Our baby is 9 weeks and every since I stopped breastfeeding we have had nothing but problems. Of course just like everyone else we have been through every formula and nothing has been the greatest we spend almost every night up and down with a screaming infant. She is in so much pain. Well last night I found ur sight so my husband went to the store at midnight last night to get the enfamil ar and the similac. And by the way she is on meds for reflux. So anyway abt 4 am this morning she woke for her next feeding and we have her on the ar. Well she is eating but real fussy she just pooped for the first time and its a little round ball. She is so tired and not slept all day but maybe a hour. Her eyes are so red. if we call the doctor all they say is its her reflux and she will b fussy. We r so sleep deprived what do we do.

    • Ashley – firstly take a deep breathe. You are doing GREAT. Even if you don’t feel like it. You are being persistent, looking for answers, which is a sign of a great parent. A few things I would try. The AR is the right formula for her to be on, although if you’re feeling she’s not improving, you could switch to a different brand name (brands do make a difference) like Similiac Sensitive for Spit Up.. For the constipation, add 1-2Tbs of prune juice to her bottle. You may also want to (if you haven’t already) try to get her to sleep on an incline – like in a car seat or a http://www.incredibleinfant.com/go/baby-bean-bag-sleeper/"target="_blank">baby bean bag. Sitting up usually makes reflux babies feel a bit better. Try some of those and then write back if it doesn’t work. I’m happy to help you brainstorm different things until you find something that seems to work.

      In the meantime, get ear plugs my friend. I cannot tell you how helpful they are. :-)

      • Heather, I think it’s awesome that you are giving great advice to new moms. I, like Ashley, dealt with an infant with reflux, many of the ideas you are giving her are wonderful. However, I take issue with the ear plugs comment. The incessant crying is both physically and emotionally exhausting for a parent, but blocking the sound is absolutely the WRONG approach! Crying is a babys way of letting their parents know something isnt right in their world! A mother could miss the piercing cry of a baby in pain, or the whimpers of a hungry baby. Ear plugs should never be an option for a parent. To Ashley, reflux is difficult, but it will come to an end.
        I ended up having to quit eating all dairy, and go to a “clean” diet, fish, fruits and veggies that aren’t super acidic, no spices, etc. yes, it’s boring and bland, but it’s only until he quits breastfeeding, and it’s really awesome for getting your figure back!! Also my little one sleeps on an incline and I hold him upright for 20 mins after feeding. It’s alot of work, but in the grand scheme of your child’s life, a year or so isn’t much. Good luck with the reflux! Heather, keep dishing out good advice!

      • Noelle, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. For some parents, I would agree it may be the wrong approach. We never used the ear plugs as a “round the house during the day” accessory. They were a “in the midst of a heightened emotional situation” emergency, and we found that they took the edge off just enough to help us focus on the child and not the sound. That said, you’re right Noelle, in that every parent has to consider what’s best – and if changing the diet can eliminate the need, than awesome! Problem solved!

        My favorite line of your comment: ” It’s alot of work, but in the grand scheme of your child’s life, a year or so isn’t much.” AMEN sister. That year passes faster than you can believe. Which is good, considering how hard those early months are! Thanks for the comment!

      • I cannot tell you how much I wish I had heard of this idea when my first was collicky due to undiagnosed MSPI. He scream for hours and hours. Now as a third time mom I know what to do, but back then? I knew nothing! I would suggest this to first time moms for sure (along with a warning to only use them when they are supervising, of course).

      • Danielle Miller says:

        Clementine,

        I am glad you find this to be a helpful resource that you can recommend to friends! I always send a link for this site to my friends when they become first time moms. It’s as close to having a rule book to take home with the baby as you can find. :)

  4. Tiffany Ann Murray says:

    My lo is 4 months and has had diarrhea for over a month shes strickly breastfed and i havent touched dairy in months she was hospitalized for dehydration but they couldnt find any sign of infection parasites or virus. we’re home now and her poop is almost mahogany but still watery she acts fine i dont know if i should be worried and having a hard time contacting her primary pedi any ideas?

    • Tiffany, I wonder how she would do if you introduced more fiber to her diet? As a binder? Ask your pediatrician if you could start her on some rice cereal and see if that helps. Every baby’s poop changes once solids are introduced, so I’m wondering if the extra fiber would help hold things together? Just a thought, but worth pursuing perhaps! Way to be on top of that dehydration! That’s scary stuff, but it sounds like you are on top of it. Well done!

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    • Thanks, I found the information scattered among several medical journals, books, and online research. I put them all together and Voila! a post is born! Glad you found it helpful!

  6. The Other Heather says:

    This is so timely… I just noticed a crack in one of my nipples a couple of days ago (daughter is 9.5 months old) and yesterday I noticed a wee bit of black in her diaper. Tonight, it was super black, but I also know that my one nipple was bleeding while she was eating. Other than a runny nose from a minor cold, she’s been acting normal, eating normal, etc. We’ve recently introduced broccoli into her diet, so I was also thinking that the uptick of iron from that might have an effect as well. *sigh* I’m debating going and grabbing that latest diaper from the trash and looking at it more closely. That makes me a good mom, right? Not just a weird diaper trash picker? (Reeeeeeally glad this one was a disposable, not the cloth that she normally wears…)

    • Other Heather (Heather’s UNITE!) glad I could help out! You are a good mom, friend. We’ve all picked through a diaper trash a time or two. And yes, moments like these are a real boon for disposables! :-) Just to be on the safe side, I would follow your good-mom intuition and give the doctor a call, just in case. :-)

  7. Hello! FTM here….my son is 11 weeks old and we’ve had troubles with feeding from day one. OYE. My ultimate goal in life was to EBF him for at least the first 3-6 months, but that was an epic fail due to my oversupply and fore milk/hind milk imbalance wreaking complete havoc on his digestive system. Anyway, long story short, we decided to switch him to exclusive formula feeding (though I saved a ton of milk for when he’s a bit older and may be able to tolerate it better!!)

    We started with Similac Advance and he was like a whole new baby. Fast forward 2 weeks or so and the gas and fussiness creeped back into our lives. He has never had issues pooping, in fact he has extremely watery/mucousy poops with white specs that to be honest look like BF poop. But he was having a terribly time passing gas. After that whole ordeal the doc suggested trying Enfamil Gentlease. That was a bust and made his gas and fussiness significantly worse. After two weeks on that we went back to the Advance. He’s been on it since then. Last week we noticed him having issues with the gas again and really being irritable. To the point it was waking him up and making him completely miserable. I suspected MPI being I am lactose intolerant (husband is not). So we decided to give Similac Sensitive a go. Holy cow, happy, content baby again….but for only a day or two. We’re on day 5 now and he is ANGRY. He actually pooped FOUR times yesterday, very watery, very mucousy, greenish-yellow poop. Sorry, TMI! He has never ever pooped that much, except when I was BF. He has been crying a lot and just all around fussy for the past two days now. I feel horrible.

    Anyway, my question is – WTH do I do? I am completely at a loss. To be honest, I think I may just go back to the Advance….I just do NOT know what to do and I feel like a TERRIBLE TERRIBLE MOTHER switching him around so much. The poor guy can’t catch a break with this gas. It’s like living with a fraternity boy he FARTS so much. Does it ever get better? Would it just make sense for me to keep him on the Advance?

    Thank you in advance for any suggestions…I really really appreciate it!

    • “It’s like living with a fraternity boy he FARTS so much.” LOL. So awesome. You are NOT a terrible mother, in fact, I think the switching around is evidence that you are, in fact, a GOOD mother. Instead of saying “too bad kid, deal with it” you are trying new things, working hard to help him get some relief. So WELL DONE.

      If you have lactose intolerance in your family, I would give Good Start Soothe a try. It’s 100% whey, so you may find it easier to digest, without all the gas bubbles. If that doesn’t help, try switching to a soy-based formula. And if THAT doesn’t help, you may need to try a hypoallergenic formula (often used for colic/gas). I listed that last because those amino-acid based formulas are more expensive.

      Hope that gives you a few things to try. Thanks for commenting! (And for a FTM, you are doing an awesome job!)

      • Thank you so much for your reply, Heather! I took your advice and we have switched him to the Gerber Good Start Soothe….he’s been on it a little over 24 hours now and so far we have had THREE hummus-y poops with actual consistency! He didn’t even freak out. This is a first in all his almost 12 weeks of life! I am praying and praying that he will continue to improve and this will help his tummy in the long term. I hope I hope!

        Thank you again! :)

      • Oh! That’s so wonderful Kristy! So glad to hear it! :-)

  8. The Other Heather says:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence! :) I ended up taking her to the doc, just to be safe, after a diaper far too reminiscent of tar, LOL. It was blood in her stool, but it wasn’t hers, thank goodness! It was mine, sigh. Good news is, nipple seems to be healed, we had a non-black diaper today, and we’re back in business! WOOHOO!

  9. Misty Gollihur says:

    Hello. I was reading the poo chart. My son 5 months is exclusively breastfed no food and had a darker neon free. Probably more evereen. I don’t take iron.supplements, haven’t changed my diet what else could cause this kind of poo?

    • Misty, thanks for reading and commenting! In all honesty, evergreen is considered one of the “artistic” colors, because sometimes it’s green and no one knows why. My Elena ALWAYS had evergreen poop. I would watch to see if he has any other symptoms of sickness: fever, listlessness, loss of appetite, crankiness, etc. If not, don’t worry about it. If he does seem like he might be struggling with sickness of some kind, give your doctor a call. :-)

  10. The orange you get when sweet potatoes are a favorite dinnertime choice. I see that quite often in my house!

  11. my baby is 4mnths old..and he is on breast fed…he is frequently doing mustard yellow watery stools with mucus since 2days…pls tell me the reason..

    • Mustard yellow and watery stools aren’t uncommon with breastfed babies. The mucus though…that’s a stumper. I would take a dirty diaper into the doctor and have him check for Rotavirus. It’s very common with babies – but can be dangerous because it can cause your baby to get dehydrated. (Dehydration is the #1 reason babies are hospitalized.) It’s pretty easy to treat, once identified, but they have to take it into the lab and actually look for the virus in the stool. So that means you’ll need to call your doctor and bring in a sample of the mucusy poop for him to look at. Hope this can help!

  12. One year we hosted a birthday party with blue cupcakes. White mix and blue food coloring, blue icing also. For three days at daycare everyone in the class had startling green poop. We caused alot of strange conversations about poop. Just a reminder to make sure you have all the facts while you’re trying to troubleshoot a problem.

  13. Hi, I am sorry but this is going to be a long story. My daughter of 7 months has silent reflux since she was 4 weeks old. She was on SMA and the doctor told me to put her on lactose free formula that only lead to her having blood in her poo and I put her back on SMA which drove her reflux mad again. I decided to go to a paediatrician and her put her on Aptimil Pepti 1 which did not work either he then prescribed her Nutramagin which gave her so much diarrohea that I decided with consent from the doctor to put her on nanny care goats milk with 1.5 ml of Zantac 3 times a day. She totally changed and reflux has calmed so much she is so happy in herself a little restless a night but once I know she is not in pain I don’t mind. The only problem is her poo is dark green and very runny/sticky the doctor says it is normal but I would really like to get conformation of this as it worries me so much. Should I ask for a stool sample???? So sorry for the long story….

    • Mairead, I’m so glad to hear that the goats milk has made a difference! My only precaution with goat’s milk formula is that it is often deficient in folic acid and Vitamin B. You will want to speak to your doctor about giving her additional supplements for those nutrients, as they are very important for healthy brain growth. Goat’s milk can also be a little heavy on the protein, so make sure she’s getting plenty of water at meals, etc., to keep her system flushed.

      Now, the poop. I think your doctor is right about this one. Unless you don’t see white, black, red, or raspberry colors and as long as your baby isn’t showing other signs of being sick, she is just fine. Just a little “artistic” in her poo expressions. :-) I know it seems a little odd, but she’s not on “normal” formula, so it’s not a surprise her poos are a little more colorful. :-) Hope this can help Mairead!

  14. Hi! I am so glad to see I am not the only poop obsessed mom out there:) this is baby number 3 and I am still CONSTANTLY obsessing over color texture frequency etc… So glad I stumbled on this post, its so informative thanks!
    Just one thing I’d love to have clarified. . When we talk about white stool does that mean all white or mixed in with the other colored stool? (I freak out when I see the little white curds that I am almost sure are normal)
    Thanks!

    • Esther, you are in very good company! I think most moms are a bit right on the poo-obsession scale. For me, it’s because every time I opened that thing up, I never knew what I was going to find! It was like getting a present from Great Aunt Martha: I knew I wasn’t going to like it, but they were always so bizarre I still anticipated the open! :-)

      That’s a great question. Specks of white are normal. Chalky poo is a sign of liver issues and should be immediately mentioned to the doctor. Thanks for joining the conversation! :-)

  15. My son is 1 now and he has very been right when it comes to poohs he its hard, runny sometimes but what’s worrying me more is the colours. Sometimes it brown with different colour bits witch I know that’s normal but he sometimes has light brown and light pink pooh also it can be light grey and light green surly this isn’t right. He has always been bottle fed he is now on cows milk, when he was on SMA he was fine never sick only when he was a baby and had wind, and even now he loves his food and milk, he can sometimes go a whole day with out poohing witch I’m sure your ment to pooh everyday :/, really hope someone can help answer my questions.

    • Davina, the only colors that are scary are the ones I mentioned above. So let that put your mind at ease. Also, when it comes to constipation, it’s not the frequency that determines whether a baby is constipated. In fact, I talked with a pediatric GI specialist when Bella was a baby and he shared that some babies may wait and poop only every 2-5 days – and he would consider them healthy and not constipated.

      So when it comes to constipation, don’t look at the calender. Look at the texture of the poop. Constipation is anything thicker than a peanut butter. If you feel your baby is constipated, one-year olds can have a few Tablespoons of prune juice added to his bottle/sippy and you can start giving him high-fiber foods at mealtimes. Hope this help you Davina!

  16. A few weeks ago I introduced blueberries to my baby boy. Sticking to the four day rule, he had a bit of blueberries each day for four days. On day two I was surprised to find a ‘midnight blue’ poop! And not to be gross, lol, but they wear of the sticky, bum staining variety.

  17. Hi Heather. My four month old, formula fed baby, occasionally (once or twice a week) has tarry, dark, sticky spots (maybe the size of a quarter) in his poop. The rest of the poop seems normal, usually yellowish/greenish. He has never had a problem with constipation and doesn’t seem unusually fussy, no fever and has a great appetite. Also, I should metion that he had one or two of these mystery spots around three months when he was still exclusively breastfeeding. Any ideas? Possible GI bleed?

  18. My baby is 8 months old and has been on straight goat milk, doc approved, for 2 months. Her poop is usually thick andbutter colored, sometimes grainy. Now it’s same color yellow, watery and exploding out of her diaper every time she goes. getting ready to go to doctor but not sure if we should?

    • Carol, I would call him first and ask. Does it look mucus-y at all? If so it could be rotavirus, a very common diarrhea bug. Keep her well-hydrated and save a poopy diaper – if he does want to see her, he’ll probably ask for a stool sample to test. Hopefully it’s nothing, but a phone call to the office could put your mind at ease.

  19. Hi. i was looking for some advice.
    Im a first time mum and in need of advice for my 11 week old little boy.
    My lb is on sma gold due to not liking my breastmilk :(.
    Through the first couple of weeks of him being born his poo was hard/ constipated. I took him to gp who proscribed baby gaviscon. That seemed to have worked but then he got a cold.

    His cold took quite a while to clear up so round 2 at the gp it was! He presceibed me antibiotics for him. This gave him diarea for the hole time he was on it. Was sort of a god send after being constipated for so long!

    Well since then his poo has not been normall. Its still really runny and has changed from diarea to green runny to yellow with pipps in then to dark green and he had one nappy with black in and tonight it was dark green and by the end when he finished it was like gunky yellow. He is being sick alot more but nothing out the ordenary for a baby im told.

    I have spoke to my gp before and they just say its normal but i dont think it is!!

    He suffers with a bad belly nearly every other day.

    I have irital bowl and his dad is lactose intollerant so i hope he hasnt inherited our dodgy dogestive systems.

    What would you try to help this as its worryinf me and i need answers.

    He has abnormally alot of wind. (Everybody tells me its more than most)

    Im in desperate need of help as i think i have tried everything!!

    Thanks in advance. Xxxx

    • Deanna, those dang digestive systems! Cause so much stress! I’m guessing that Dad’s lactose intolerance has been passed on to your little boy, and that’s a big part of your issues. Firstly, let me admit that as an American, I’m just now starting to learn about and explore the British & Australian formulas. So I would encourage you to double check what I’m suggested for yourself, as you would have more information than I have here.

      That said, I did some google searching and here are some things that I uncovered for hypoallergenic formulas:

      1. You can ask your doctor about getting Nutramigen on prescription –
      2. SMA Lactose Free
      3. Cow & Gate Pepti Plus or Pepti Junior

      These formulas are all hypoallgernic and I think you may see the gassy/poop issues get better with these instead of the standard SMA gold. One last thing, since you’ll be switching to a hypoallergenic formula, be sure to follow these instructions on how to switch formulas. You’ll be going from the “Standard Formula” family to the “Hypoallergenic Formula” family, so you’ll need to mix the two together for a little while, otherwise an abrupt switch may cause even MORE gassiness. Hope this can help Deanna!

  20. Hi heather.
    Thankyou for your help.

    Im going to get him weighed tomorrow and speak to my health visitor but i may try the lactose free sma.

    Your forum is brilliant. Thankyou so much :).

    Xx

  21. Not sure if someone else talked about this already, but it would be funny/gross/informative to write about and show (fan submitted?) pictures of foods that don’t digest…and come out the other end looking like ants (kiwi!) or worms (banana!).

    • My LO is not on solids yet and had the brownish black thread like worm looking things in her poo today after a dose of gripe water for her progressively worsening gas. What else besides bananas could it be, she is ebf

      • Eli, I would take that diaper (or any diaper with that thread thing) in and show it to your doctor. He may want to run a few tests and make sure there’s not a virus or something that could be contributing to her gas. Start there. :-)

  22. Concerned mom says:

    My baby has been having diarrhea she is perfectly happy but is pooping like 4 times a day. She was on SIMILAc iron fortified and was pooping once a day my dr told me to switch to lower iron so I did and that’s when the diarrhea started about 7 times a day my other dr said to switch her back, I have switched her back but she still has runny poop about 4 times a day my dr said to try sensitive to lactose do u think this will help her

    • Personally, I’m shocked to hear your doctor told you to switch to a lower iron formula. Iron is a binder, which means doctors usually only do that when constipation is an issue. I’m not surprised at all the diarrhea got worse after that. Besides, iron is a very important nutrient your baby’s brain needs to grow. If it were me, friend, I would seek a second medical opinion, that advice doesn’t jive at all with anything else I’ve heard. Get another professional to look her over.

      Okay, about your issue… It’s hard to say right away if it’s a lactose issue, but we can certainly do some testing and see what happens. Start with a gentle formula, like Good Start Gentle, or one of these sensitive allergy formulas. If you don’t see an improvement after a week of those, then gradually move her to a hypoallergenic formula using these switching instructions. Give that plan a whirl and see how it goes! :-)

  23. my 10weeks baby ‘s poo looks like a goat ‘s poo what can be causing that

    • Keagile, can you clarify what that looks like? I’m familiar with the tiny pellets of sheep poo (I was raised in farm country). So if it is a bunch of round pellets, your baby is constipated. Add a little prune juice (depending on your baby’s age) to a bottle of formula or pumped breastmilk for a few days to soften things up.

  24. I started giving my 10weeks baby cereal bt in his bottle to suck now he does not want breast milk anymore

  25. Hi I’m a first time single mum so I guess paranoia is getting the better of me.I have a 4 month old son who has been constipated of and on from 2 weeks old,he was colic so I was advised to put him on soya milk and I did which help him a lot now I noticed he is teething as there is a sharp tooth that just poked though the gum and for the past week and a half his poop is evergreen with a few hard small 1s then normal paste poop and poops just once a day in the morning.Is this normal?he is his usual bubbly boy and he drinks well.Sorry for the long post

    • Nadia, (when I was little ALL my dolls were named Nadia. :-) ) It’s not the frequency of the poop that determines whether your baby is constipated, so once a day may just fine for him. It’s the consistency you want to watch for. Anything thicker than peanut butter is considered “constipated”. Since he’s having a few small ones, I would add a tablespoon of prune juice in his bottle for a day or two and see how this affects things. Since he’s teething have you seen this post? It may be helpful. :-)

  26. Hi! I have a 1 year old and I just recently switched her from soy milk to regular cows milk. In the beginning she was fine and showed no symptoms of her body rejecting it. In the past 2 weeks she’s had a total of 4 diapers that were yellowish/brownish with a billion light brown specs (dots) in it. Is this normal? She has no rashes. No fever and she acts perfectly normal. Could this be blood eventhough it is not dark? I have been giving her graham crackers, could this be why? I am a mother of 4 and I have never experienced this!

    • If she’s not showing any other signs of sickness (loss of appetite, fever, listlessness) than it’s probably fine. That said, a doctor would be the best person to weigh in on this. Give him a call, usually they can give you an answer for this sort of thing over the phone. :-)

  27. Hi Heather
    I have a 3 and a half year old daughter who had grapes and red jelly for snack today. When she went on the potty a few hours later half of her poo was the normal brown that she usually produces. But the bottom half had grape skins and red goopy stuff stuck in it. Never seen a poop like that before. She’s been fine in herself. Just wondering if it’s a doctors visit in the morning or whether it is just a food thing. Sorry for the long post :$ first time mom nerves

    • If it makes you nervous, I would call the doctor and ask him or the nurse practitioner over the phone. My mantra always is “When in doubt, give Doc a shout!”. :-) He will be able to give you the best advice on what to do next. I WILL say however, that if it happens again, save the diaper, since he may want to take a stool sample. :-)

  28. Madalena D says:

    Hi,
    My 7 week old baby has runny mucusy stool sometimes its green and other times its yellow but always mucusy. This has just started he didnt have this issue from birth. I was just wondering if I should be worried or is it my diet or a phase that will pass.
    Please help worried parent.

    • Madalena, my favorite saying here at Incredible Infant is When in doubt, give Doc a shout! and I think that fits your situation perfectly. I wouldn’t be alarmed, but I would get him to the doctor for an exam. Also, I’d save one of those poopy diapers and bring it with you. The doctor may want to take a stool sample to the laboratory.

  29. Hi,
    My 23-month old baby girl passes poop twice a day. Once in the morning and other at late-evening or night. I always notice that, one time she passes a normal stool but the other is like a hard pellets. She doesnt cry or become fussy at that time. She has been having this since she was one-year-old. My doctor suggested Neopeptine Syrup (1.5 ml). I am a working mom and i am unable to follow the texture everytime she poops after i give her this medicine. Can you tell me why poops lokk like hard pellets and should i worry about it?.

    Thanks

    • Sai, unfortunately that kind of question is best answered by a pediatrician. I don’t have the training to give you a good answer. So sorry I can’t be more helpful on this one! :-(

  30. Hi,
    My girl has just turn 4 months. She has been poop dark-green and runny twice a day, should I worry about it? She is formula fed, and we have being changing formula, since 2 weeks ago she is taking Similac.

    • Lynda, I guess it depends on how runny it is. It sounds pretty normal to me, but you may want to call up the pediatrician’s office just to make sure. :-)

  31. Hi ,

    Its really helpfull to see the color of the baby poop . Actually my baby poop color was green almost for a month then now it has turned to dark brown and black type . and it is hard when he start pooping the first few poop is hard but later part is ok . so i want to know does the color balck or brown is bacause of constipation ?

    • Naveen, brown is pretty normal, but black could be a sign of something else. I would give your doctor a call and talk to him about that. He may request a stool sample to send to the laboratory or look over, so if you see black poop, don’t toss it in the diaper pail, wrap it up and put it in a ziploc and call the pediatrician right away. If the poops start looking like pebbles/rocks, you could add some prune juice to the bottle to help keep them soft. I’m not sure how old your baby is, so ask your doctor about that also – he will be able to give you the amount that’s best for your baby’s age.

  32. Hi. My son is 7 weeks old. I messaged before about formula. Currently (for the past 4 days) we have been on the Enfamil hypoallergenic formula. Prior to that for 5 days we were on Similics hypoallergenic. I took him to the dr. 3 different times in the past 2 weeks because he was super fussy. The dr. thought reflux so we tried Zantac but next day he had a rash. Dr said he doubted it was from zantac but to stop it and switch to Enfamil. The past 4 days he has still been fussy but not as bad, rash went away. On Similac he was having dark green tar like poops but since switching to Enfamil it is a yellow brown…sometimes has mucus and the past 2 BMs have been foamy. We have a follow-up on Wed. I still believe some of his fussing comes from reflux so we may try a different med but is runny foam like poop normal? I didn’t know if he had a stomach bug he was trying to recover from and that is where the loose poop and rash came from??? No fever or vomiting…just crying during some of his feeds and after and burping up and swallowing. Can reflux changes their poop?

    • I’m not honestly sure on this one Becki. I would bring one of the diapers with you on Wednesday so he can take a sample to the lab and make sure there’s no bacteria or sickness that could be causing the diarrhea. In the meantime, try to keep him hydrated with feedings. I know this is a really difficult time, Becki, but you are doing a great job at being Mommy. Sometimes that means asking a ton of questions, and seeking more and more answers. Start with the diaper sample. You may want to ask your doctor to look at the possibility of a milk allergy as well. Hang in there. He’s a very blessed baby to have such a caring and attentive mom!

  33. The most shocking color for me was a bluish-purple. Until I remembered (belatedly, in my sleep-deprived haze) that I’d given my baby blueberries, which were a huge hit. Blue poop was one of the more surprising moments for me as a new mom.

  34. Hi,my daughter is 9.5 months old not eating solids only on breasmilk.My concern is she has poop once a week and there are red thread like stuff in it. I’am really worried as she is not gaining weight.How can I make her eat solids, tried everything?

    • Kamni, I would definitely take your precious little girl into the doctor with a stool sample and have them check her over. These kinds of things need a physical exam. If he/she doesn’t seem to be helpful, go find a 2nd opinion until someone gives you answers. As for solids, have you tried giving her breastmilk in a bowl with just a little cereal? And than increasing the oatmeal consistency a little every day? Definitely talk this over with your pediatrician. The best answers will come from there. Hang in there, though. You are paying attention – and that’s a good mama. (hugs)

  35. Hi, my 2year old son has flu and now is also passing green poo and its watery. He has energy no symptoms of any pain or anything but I’m worried about this type of poo. Iv given him glucose solution. I was told to give him alittle laxative to clean up inside of him. What should I do and what does this poo mean?? Help…

    • Portia, since your little one has been sick, I would give your doctor a call and tell him about it. Just as a heads up: he may ask for a stool sample. If he does, a little trick I learned was to use a ziploc inside out. Then, with my hand inside the bag, grab the poop, then pull the bag around and seal it. This way I don’t actually have to touch the stuff. Not my favorite “mom job” for sure.

  36. Hi my baby is 1 yr. 2mos. old,active,no fever,no signs of pains except that he is teething,he gets solid foods, mixed feeding but lately he refuses to be bottle feed and just depend on a liitle amount of breastfeeding and solid food,my problem is im worried that he will not be getting enough nutrients and im scared that this may result to being anemic child,and also for 1week he is having light brown dark brown to blackish poops and sleeps 12 hrs a day,hoping that anyone could enlighten me with this matter :)

    • Genevy, I think this is something you should run by a pediatrician. I’m not saying there’s cause for panic, but given the age of your cute little man, it’s worth mentioning. The 12-hour sleeping thing, do you mean at night, right? He’s not napping for 12 hours during the day, right? – and not sleeping at night at all?

      Start weighing him once a week and see if you notice any weight loss, and then I would mention your concerns with your doctor. He may have some vitamin supplements to recommend if needed. xo

  37. Norlevia Delia Harriston says:

    How bout purple poop?did i cause something for her to get purple poop?

  38. My little man is 7weeks today. He has had a cold for about a week. The last 4 days or so he has been doing lime green mucusy poops. And the last 2 days he has been in what seems to b constant pain. He is exclusively bf and I do block feed so I don’t think it’s a fore milk/hindmilk issue. I have taken him to the dr and she says its normal but I’m sure it’s not. He is just in so much discomfort. I started giving him infant gaviscon and a probiotic today. So far hasn’t made a difference. Any ideas on what it could b plz?

    • Sevan, if you’re still concerned and don’t feel satisfied with your pediatrician’s response, I would go ahead and seek a 2nd opinion with another doctor. Is his snot lime green or yellow as well? That’s a sign of a sinus infection. It’s possible that the snot is dripping down his throat and he’s digesting it. (That’s not a diagnosis, btw. Just a hypothosis, perhaps something to ask the doctor.) You’ll want to make a note of any fever he has and perhaps save one of those poopy diapers so you can bring it with you to the doctor’s office. He may want to run tests on the stool. In the meantime, make sure he’s well-hydrated and give him lots and LOTS of love and hugs. Poor baby. Keep seeking your answers, Sevan. :-)

  39. I read a lot of the posts, not all, so forgive me if this was already brought up, but I saw some mothers saying there babies were dehydrated, which I have heard is sometimes linked to formula feeding, since it is thicker then breastmilk the actual water content is less. Well, I spoke with my doctor about this and he said offering the baby a bottle with an ounce or so of water maybe once a day after feedings, especially in the summer is a great way to avoid this issue. But don’t give them a too much!!

    • Thanks Julie! That’s totally acceptable (and encouraged) for babies over 6 months to start drinking a little water with meals. I’ve not seen any studies sharing that formula is less on the water content. After all, you’re adding 4 oz of water to make 4 oz of formula. If there is less water content, it’s extremely small. The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend giving babies younger than 6 months any water without a doctor’s specific counsel. But, absolutely, this is a great reminder for babies over than 6 months. Dehydration is the #1 hospitalizer of babies under one year old. So check for those wet diapers and keep them well hydrated on these hot days! I appreciate the important reminder!

  40. well my daughter almost 3 swallowed 10 cent coin {australian} and it has been almost 8 days today…. and she has regular bowel moments but they are runny like diarrhoea… but she has got tiny bits of white dots in it…. my question what r these dots ?? are they anything to do with the coin stuck in her stomach ??doctors are waiting for her to pass it through but it has been 8 days and her poop color is sometimes runny brown or brown green with white dots in it… can u possibly explain if there is any explanation to this !!!

    • White dots (often look like “Seeds”) are very normal in breastfed babies. (I’m not sure if you’re breastfeeding…?) Double check that with your doctor, though. Considering the coin thing, they’ll probably want to know if you see anything that seems strange to you.

  41. My daughter is 12 weeks old, she has only had breast milk and since about 3 weeks of age she has had crazy poops. She went from green, foamy, frothy with mucus to yellow brown with small amounts of raspberry colored streaks. At 1 month I took her to be examined because of the poop and I was told to go off of dairy. I have been dairy free since then and around 8 weeks she improved and her diapers were normal for about a week. Then I tried adding dairy back in and after a few days they went back to green mucus. I have been off dairy now again for another month and her poop hasn’t improved much. It is always runny and today she had a lot of dark green mucus with some raspberry coloring. She hasn’t had any issue with weight gain and is a happy baby. Any advice on what I should do would be appreciated. I would like to continue to breastfeed but I want to help heal my baby girl.

    • Jess, I would bring in a diaper with an example of what you’re talking about to your doctor. He may want to run some tests. Also, make sure your nipples aren’t cracked or bleeding (the blood can show up in baby’s stool). I would probably give him a call about this TODAY – as the raspberry thing is something he’ll want to know about ASAP.

  42. I have a question my son is 5 months old and his bowel movement he had this morning was very running cause it was up his back but it was also 3 different colors. yellow lime green and dark green what could be the cause?

    • Mandy, usually green isn’t a color that requires a lot of concern – some babies just tend to be “Artistic” when it comes to poo color. That said, if it’s been several days and things still look funky to you, I would mention it to your doctor and see if its something he’d like to send into the lab for tests.

  43. My 19 month old girl was a bit backed up on last Sunday. She was in a bit of distress, and seeing what came out of her (in her bath) explained things, as my wife says it was hard as a rock. While changing her this morning, I noticed her poop was coal black, but when she pooped again this afternoon, it seemed lighter to me. She doesn’t seem to be in any pain whatsoever, and continues to run me ragged. How concerned should I be? Thanks!

    • Scott, this is a question best answered by your doctor. Give him a call. It’s possible that it’s darker because it was “concentrated” – due to the constipation. Still, it may be worth a phone call. :-)

  44. Sinthia Karishma says:

    Hi, my baby is 6 months old and he is having dark green stool for last 1 week.At first i thought its normal but now i am feeling worried.i started to feed him solid food.He is both formula and breastfed baby…what to do now :(

    • It is normal for the color of poo to change after starting solids. The digestive system is adjusting to a new type of food. If you are still concerned and it’s still there after a few days, just mention it to your pediatrician. :-)

  45. hii, my nine month old boy is always passing really dark green poops for almost two months now. whether its runny or solid type…the colour is the same…he is formula fed and breastfed now once in a day…rest he is fine. i consultd his paed when he first showed this change in colour. he told it might be slight stomach infection. but he hadnt shown any signs of uneasiness. anyways even after treatment the colour didnt change and i wonder why. what am i supposed to do again.. pls help.

    • If he doesn’t have a fever, none of the “Danger colors” listed below are showing up, and you’ve not seen anything mucusy in the poo, I think you’re probably fine. That said, you could always bring him in and have him physically examined to make sure. I’m not a doctor, so my opinion isn’t as valuable as his. :-)

  46. Hi. My daughter is 7 months, was ebf and never had a problem pooping. She’s been on solids/breast milk for a month now but lately her poop has been orange (carrots) but also a solid chunk. I touched it and it’s not hard, still squishy but sticky. Does this mean she’s constipated? I should also add that she’s been making pushing sounds when trying to poop and her face turns red.

    • Constipation is usually seen as anything thicker than peanut butter. Did she recently start solids? That can mess with the digestive system a little. If it is thicker than peanut butter, give her some watery, well-pureed (no chunks) applesauce (a good first food) or some rice cereal with a little breastmilk and splash of prune juice.

  47. hi my daughter is 16 months old and the last couple of days shes been having pale mustard colour poop with blobs of thick mustard colour mucus in it :/ she is well in herself and not got a cold or anything but im just a bit confused why shes got it? she doesn’t seem to be in any pain either. just need to be reassured tbh. thanks.

    • Estee, if you’re really concerned, give your pediatrician a call and either talk with him or mention it to his nurse. They have a lot more training on this than I do. That said, it’s very good that you’re watching her closely for other signs that things might be off – like a fever, or any unusual fussing or pain. If her dirty diapers increase, and the mucus is still there you could take her in for a physical exam. He may need to test her poop for rotavirus – which can give a baby diarrhea. Just something to watch for, and ask the doctor about. Nothing that can’t be treated! It’s the dehydration you’ve got to watch for. :-)

  48. My LO is 5 months old (nearly 6) and she’s now on mixed formula and solid feeds. For the last couple of days she seems to be quite constipated (yesterday she was screaming trying to pass a stool) and the first part of the stool is a dark purplish-brown. The rest was dark green. I’m a little concerned by the purplish colour as I can’t think of anything she’s eaten that could produce that colour. She’s only had pureed apples, a little bit of custard and some sweet potato, parsnip and carrot baby food. If it continues I’m probably going to take her to the drs but I was just curious as to whether or not you’d seen this before?

    • Caitlin, when in doubt, give doc a shout. I would call the doctor, describe the stool, and see what he says. You may need to bring in a sample, FYI. Start there first, just in case. I’m not advising you to worry and fret – just to take it someone who can give you better answers than I can. :-)

  49. Hello– I’ve got three children– a 4 year old boy, a 3 year old girl, and a 1 year old boy. When my 4 year ols was around a year old, he had horrible diarrhea (ate pieces of carrots in homemade soup and I saw it in his diaper within two hours of him consuming it). He did this for ten days. Then, his bm’s went to a very white (almost the color of milk), thick substance. It was the strangest thing. He did that off and on for days. They tested for everything– rotovirus, c-dif, parasites, and every other possibility. Nothing came back positive. It took a long time (almost three weeks) for his bowels to get back to normal. Has anyone else experienced this with any of their children? My daughter did this, as well. But, not for nearly as long. Also, it was not as frightening for me, I had seen it before and knew how to combat dehydration. My youngest has not experienced this yet. The scare has passed, but I am still curious as to what it could have been or what it might mean for my older children. Any similar experience would be greatly appreciated if shared!!!
    Thanks!

    • Valorie, that is definitely unique! Did they do any testing on his liver? I’m glad everything worked out – it was a good idea to get him to the doctor right away. Better safe than sorry on these kinds of “what in the…?” issues!

  50. my daughter is 10 months old and has been exclusively breastfed for 9 months. This past month i started supplementing with nannycare goat milk formula for infants, and occasionally raw goat milk weston price formula recipe. only one or two bottles a day and never had any problems. now at 10 months my pumping supply output is tanking and dear daughter doesnt want to nurse, she has better things to do. so i upped the amount of supplement i am giving her. but now her poo is forest green for 5 days. i am actually wondering if it is a hind/foremilk issue and if during the weaning process perhaps less of the hindmilk makes it to the baby during nursing for her lack of patience or mine at the pump these days. I dont pump as long as i used to ( used to have to pump 45 minutes to get 5 ounces) now i only have the time to pump for 30 with daughter as demanding for my attention as ever. do you think that could be the cause or do you think it is the goat milk or perhaps blueberries? Also what about those organic happy puffs? They have natural blueberry powder and purple carrot powder for coloring. Could that be it?
    She doesnt eat many grains, she hates them. Mostly egg yolks, and lots of fruits and veggies. Drinks plenty of water during the day and still gets 15 ounces breastmilk, and 8 ounces formula and 2 or 3 ounces of raw goats milk on each day. It is just so green and its been going on a week. Called the doc and he said”its normal just her body getting used to new milk”. Is this so? Thanks for this Poo Post!!!!

    • Melissa, I’m glad you’re enjoying the post! If your baby is acting normal, doesn’t have any signs of being sick (fevers, listlessness, etc), doesn’t have any rashes, and your doctor isn’t concerned. I would either write it up as “artistic poo”, or get a 2nd doctor’s opinion (if you’re still nervous about it).

  51. Hi Heather! First time mom and so glad I found your Picasso of poo color chart as I have been a little concerned about my 8 month olds poop… It’s pretty dark green-black outside ( and yes I’m poo obsessed so this may be gross but I take the diaper and push on it for further examination) and find most of the time it is more brown inside.. He is a breast fed baby but gets a sippy cup if water throughout the day and is fed organic baby food or steamed veggies ( mostly broccoli and peas) and sweet potatoes that I prepare. He eats baby oatmeal in the morning too. I am anemic and was very concerned about making sure my LO gets enough iron… Does it seem I may be going overboard with the iron? His poo has been consistently dark for days now.. He has a checkup coming up in about 2 weeks but I’m wondering what your thoughts were if we should go sooner? Also one more poo question.. Sometimes his poops are almost crumbly clay like consistency …. What’s the deal with that? He hasn’t had any big poops lately either… They’ve all been fairly decent sized ones but no big clean out have to change the outfit kinda explosions…are those days limited at this age to illness related diarrheal?

    • Nicole, if he isn’t acting sick (no fevers, rashes, no signs of staring out into space like he doesn’t feel well), I wouldn’t be too worried at this point. Since you’re breastfeeding, I would mention the anemia to your pediatrician. He may want to include some iron drops to your baby’s diaper (or brewer’s yeast or something high in iron) About the crumbly poo, keep offering the water throughout the day. If it continues and you feel he may be getting constipated, add a little prune juice to his morning cereal or foods for a few days. xo

  52. I have a 3 month old baby who is formula fed 90% of the time. He is a big baby, gaining great and seems to be very content. He does know how to let big farts go but other then that not showing signs of discomfort. But…his poo’s…they have been RUNNY since he was born. it is liquid…like water every poop. He is pooping twice a day. The doc says we have to change formula, we are trying pro biotics for 1 week now as well…help!

    • Danielle Miller says:

      Mandy,

      Probiotics are a good idea! Hope that has been helping. Poop is tricky, though this article helps a lot! If your Doctor is concerned with the runny-ness I would go with his suggestion and try another formula. Take a look at this article for helpful tips on how to chose a new formula and at this one on how to do the switch. Hope this helps!

  53. Khalifa Yerima Abubakar says:

    Good Day,
    Please, my Baby Boy is 20 months old & stooling a lot with foam, I need an Advice on what to give him!

    • Danielle Miller says:

      Khaifa,
      It’s sounds like your little guy has diarrhea so you need to watch for dehydration. If it has been more than 8 hours since his last wet diaper you should call your doctor. Also, I am not a doctor so if you are feeling uneasy in any way about his stools go ahead and call your Doctor. Better to be safe than sorry!

  54. Siobhan Cambridge says:

    Hi there.
    My son is nearly two and has always had yellow poop. I thought this was the norm until changing niece of the same age and hers was brown. Could there be a reason my sons hasnt turned brown yet. He has a normal diet although hes has never been a massive eater, he is on medication for constipation and has been since about two months old. Thanks

    • Danielle Miller says:

      Siobhan,

      I am guessing it’s the medication! This would be a great question to ask your doctor at his two year old appointment. Also, check in with your doctor about when would be a good time to try to wean him off the constipation medication (maybe you were planning to already!).

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