A chalky white color can be a sign there is an issue with bile production. The absence of colour in your baby's stool can be a signal that your baby is not producing enough bile. A bile shortage can be caused by liver or gallbladder problems and can be serious. Please call your doctor right away if he/she is having chalky white stools.
Having a Rosey Pink stool can be related to something your baby has recently eaten. Beets, cranberries, tomatoes, or items with red food colouring like Froot Loops, red Jell-O, or cherry popsicles, can cause a rosey pink color.
It can also be a sign of blood, it's always better to eire on the side of caution, please call your doctor if you suspect blood is in your baby's stool.
Constipated stool with a hint of red blood could mean one of the following: baby has a milk protein allergy, has tears in the anus, tiny hemorrhoids or a bacterial infection.
If you see raspberry coloured stool that looks like mucus similar to congealed fat, you need to call your doctor immediately, it could be a sign of serious intestinal problem.
Bright red blood can show up in baby stool for a few different reasons. Please call your doctor or the nurses line (1-866-215-4700) if you notice any of the following:
* Normal stool tinged with red blood, which is often a sign of a milk protein allergy.
* Constipated stool with a hint of red blood (streaked or spotted throughout) could be a result of small tears in the anus or tiny hemorrhoids. Ask your doctor if you can add a tiny bit of prune juice to the next bottle or if you can finger feed the prune juice if breastfeeding (teaspoon for newborns, tablespoon for older babies).
If the stool is watery (diarrhea-like) and streaked with red, may be signs of a bacterial infection. Please consult your doctor.
Mustard yellow is the most common breastfed baby stool colour. It's completely normal. Occasionally you may also see little white 'seeds' sprinkled throughout. These are partially digested milk solids and are also completely normal.
If the consistency is like hummus, baby is probably fine. If it's thicker, like peanut butter, baby may be constipated. Please contact your doctor for advice.
Approximately 90% of all diaper changes will be a brown stool colour, usually after baby food has been introduced. Brown stool is a good sign that baby's digestive system is functioning properly.
Lime green is one of the most startling of baby stool colours. It's usually accompanied by a frothy, bubbly texture. This is a sign of a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.
Foremilk is the 'first milk' that comes from the breast. It's fairly sweet and thin, like skim milk.
Hindmilk is the milk that 'comes from behind or at the end'. It is richer and fattier and contains most of the power-nutrients your baby needs.
Lime green stool can be a sign that your baby is snacking too much on the sweet foremilk. Try keeping baby on one breast longer, so he/she gets the thicker, richer hindmilk.
Weight checks are another good way to test this. Babies who are getting mom's hindmilk will gain weight easier.
If you are breastfeeding or not breastfeeding and baby is not snacking, and he/she is having lime green stool, please contact your doctor. Lime green stool can also be a sign of a virus. Your doctor may ask to see the green stool colour for testing, so ask before throwing out.
Green stool is a common shade for milk protein allergies and is something you should talk to your doctor about.
An evergreen coloured stool can be a result of extra iron floating through your baby's system. It can also be accompanied by thick constipated stools.
If your doctor has told you to supplement with iron or an iron fortified formula, don't stop. Iron is an important nutrient your baby needs for proper brain growth and develpment.
If your infant is straining and shows signs of constipation, ask your doctor if you can add a little bit of prune juice to the bottle or if you can give baby an over the counter stool softener.
As mentioned above, evergreen or green stool can also be a sign of a milk protein allergy and should be discussed with your doctor.
There are several reasons why a baby's stool could be black. It is normal for your newborn to have black, tar-like stool called meconium, it is a newborn's very first stool and can last for up to 2-3 days.
If you're breastfeeding and your nipples are cracked and bleeding, black flecks sprinkled your throughout baby's stool are the result of baby swallowing and digesting your blood. Please consult with your doctor as it can lead to an infection in your breast called mastitis.
Black stool can also be the result of too much iron. Please refer to the above Evergreen Coloured stool, sometimes a very dark green stool can look black.
A solid black coloured stool can mean a serious problem. You're baby's digestive system could be bleeding somewhere, please call your doctor right away to be safe.
Your baby's stools can easily change day to day. ALWAYS call your doctor if:
* you see bloody mucus in the stool
* your infant has a fever
* your baby is vomiting
* he/she is refusing to eat
* his/her urine is darker in colour or infrequent (dehydration is the #1 reason babies are hospitalized)
* he/she seems limp and unresponsive call 911 immediately
One way to check on how your baby's inner body is functioning is by looking at his/her stool colour. When it comes to your baby's health, it's better to always err on the side of caution, "When in doubt, give your doctor a shout."