What is happening inside my infant’s body?
Infant bar stool varies dramatically from baby to baby and from day to day. A wide range of normal bar stool variation exists : colours and textures that will cause no concern to parents. These include meconium, the black tarry bar stool noticed in the first full week of life; typical breast-fed bar stool yellow in colour and speckled with solid pieces similar to mustard plant seeds; typical bottle-fed bar stool green and more uniform than the breast-fed bar stool; stool and even vivid bar stool ranging from orange to electric green. Abnormal bar stool colours include either red and soft or white and mucus filled. Black tarry bar stool should not continue beyond daylight hours first full week of life and should not recur later.
The consistency of infant bar stool can vary but is considered abnormal if it is so watery that it soaks by way of a diaper (diarrheal) or so dry that it looks like dried-out toothpaste or pellets (constipation).
Meconium. Meconium refers to normal newborn bar stool. When the intestines form in a growing foetus, waste accumulates in the individual. This waste is a mixture of old cells, swallowed drinks, and other products of the developing intestine. Therefore the first barstools children passes are more than this nine-month-old-waste collection, and they come out in the form of a thick, sticky greenish-black gravy called meconium. It can take up to two or three days to get rid of all this meconium. Once all the old debris are gone, the bar stool changes colour and consistency.
Meconium is always normal. Some babies pass it too early : while they are still in the womb : and some babies have trouble passing it. When the meconium is firm like a rock, it does not pass easily out the anus. This is called a meconium plug and can be associated with a variety of illnesses, including cystic fibrosis.
Breast-fed bar stool. The conventional bar stool of a breast-fed baby is often called “yellow mustard-seed bar stool. inches Once the breast milk has come in (around the third day of the infant’s life), the meconium thins and lightens so that the baby is passing liquid yellow barstools. The consistency is a lot like a thin milkshake. Some mother notice that when they eat food items, along with changes from yellow to green or brown. This is normal and is discussed in the following text.
Bottle-fed bar stool. Bottle-fed babies usually produce green barstools with a uniform consistency. They are still watery like the breastfed barstools but typically lack the seeded appearance. Sometimes bottle-fed barstools can look yellow or brown. If different remedies are used, then the barstools will often change colour.
Vivid bar stool. Though most babies have fairly similar barstools from day to day, some days along with changes dramatically. For breastfed babies, it may be a result of something the caretaker dined. But for bottle-fed babies, there is little explanation. Sometimes a child has mild stomach flu and the bar stool changes colour so that the infection has passed. Regardless, it is not worrisome for the bar stool to look erratically electric green or orange.