From day to day, week to week, a whole lot of things change in and about a baby. His poo inclusive
We find that baby poo changes in color from time to time, initially we see a darkish green color and subsequently we observe a yellowish or mustard yellow color. Sometimes its firm and sometimes watery, it all depends on the kind of food. Babies who take only breast milk tend to have their poo a lot more watery, and guess what, it smells like nothing. However on the side of the baby whose feed consist of baby formula, let’s expect something darker and firmer, and well….a lot smellier.
Your baby is not constipating, even if he cries sometimes while passing out poo, so longs as the poo is soft.
Checking your baby’s nappy very regularly may not be the most pleasant thing, but it is a measure one can use in checking her child’s health. The state of the poo.
Most babies have occasional loose stools (poo). Breastfed babies have looser poos than formula-fed babies. Diarrhoea is when your baby frequently passes unformed watery poos.
Diarrhoea can be caused by an infection and may be accompanied by vomiting. This is called gastroenteritis (a stomach bug). It’s usually caused by a virus, such as rotavirus. Most stomach bugs are more common in formula-fed than breastfed babies.
If your baby comes into contact with other family members or people (for example, at childcare) who have a stomach bug, ask them to wash their hands using liquid soap in warm running water, and dry their hands, frequently. Keep toilets clean and wash towels frequently. With formula-fed babies, make sure that bottles are sterilised extremely carefully.
Diarrhoea and vomiting are more serious in babies than older children because babies can easily lose too much fluid from their bodies and become dehydrated. They may become lethargic or irritable, have a dry mouth, and have loose, pale or mottled skin. Their eyes and fontanelle (the soft spot on the top of their head) may become sunken. If your baby becomes dehydrated they may not pass much urine. They may lose their appetite and have cold hands and feet. It may be difficult to tell how much urine they’re passing when they have diarrhoea.
If your baby becomes dehydrated they will need extra fluids. You can buy oral rehydration fluids from your local pharmacy or chemist, or get a prescription from your doctor.
Some children between the ages of one and five pass frequent, smelly, loose stools that may contain recognisable foods, such as carrots and peas. Usually, these children are otherwise perfectly healthy and are growing normally, but the doctor can’t find any cause. This type of diarrhoea is known as ‘toddler diarrhoea’.
Contact your doctor if:
- your child has diarrhoea and is vomiting at the same time
- your child has diarrhoea that’s particularly watery, has blood in it or lasts for longer than two or three days
- your child has severe or continuous stomach ache.
Otherwise, diarrhoea isn’t usually a cause for concern. Give your child plenty of clear drinks to replace the fluid that’s been lost, but only give them food if they want it.
Don’t give them fruit juice or squash, as these drinks can cause diarrhoea.
Anti-diarrhoeal drugs can be dangerous, so don’t give these. Oral rehydration treatment can help.
Contributed By: Chisom Nwobodo