My baby passed green poop. Should I be concerned?
Why are my exclusively breastfed baby’s poop green?
Baby poop: What is normal, what is not!
A baby goes through 360 degrees change during the first twelve months and it is a year which brings many surprises, pleasant and not so pleasant for first time parents.
Most doctors and experienced parents will tell you to keep an eye on baby’s diapers to keep track of his/her growth as well as health.
Let us decode the poop code today and see what can we expect from a baby’s diapers during first year and if green poop in babies is normal.
Sticky blackish-green stool or meconium
Newborn babies poop around 10-12 times a day. First bowel movement can be anywhere between first and third day. This is blackish in color and is called meconium. As the baby’s milk intake increases, stool starts getting more watery and yellowish.
Dark greenish poop/ stools or transitional stools
Once all the meconium has been passed, the poop turns to transitional stools which are dark green to yellowish in color. They might appear grainy or seedy.
Light yellow to mustard color poop in babies
These are normal breastfed baby’s poop. After 34 days of transitional stools, if your baby is exclusively breast-fed, s/he will have yellow to mustard or sometimes bright green coloured poop. A breast-fed baby’s poop will usually be loose, watery or seedy.
Many exclusively breastfed babies can have infrequent bowels after 1 month. They can go up to many weeks without passing motion. This is because breast milk is fully digested and there is very little waste. There is nothing to worry as long as the baby is happy and healthy and wetting diapers on a regular basis. However, if baby seems to be in any kind of discomfort or if you see that movement is hard, you should talk to baby’s doctor, as this could indicate constipation.
Light brownish to pale yellow to dark green
These are normal stools for a formula-fed babies. Stools of formula-fed babies will be soft and slightly formed.
Black to dark green stools
Iron in baby’s diet can also lead to blackish or dark green poop. Iron could come from medication drops or through formula.
After 1 month, in many babies, frequency of bowel movements decrease, though many will still continue the same frequency. Both cases are normal. Decrease in frequency of bowel movements does not mean constipation, if the the stool is soft.
What are common causes of green poop in babies?
Too much greens in food
This is true in case of older babies, who have started eating solids. If your baby has something green like spinach or peas, it may lead to green poop.
Imbalance in foremilk and hind milk may cause green diarrhoea
If your baby is feeding on too much foremilk which is thinner as compared to the thicker hindmilk, it may upset his tummy and cause occurrence of green poop. It could mean that the baby is not able to latch properly and you might need to see a lactation consultant.
Iron supplements or antibiotics
Iron supplements or antibiotics in mother’s diet or baby’s medication can lead to blackish or dark green poop.
Allergy or Sensitivity to any food
Allergy or Sensitivity to any food may also cause green poop. It may also cause some rash and you must see a doctor. If an allergy is detected then mother must avoid those things in her diet.
Your baby’s formula might not be suiting him/her leading to green poop or green diarrhoea. In such a case, you might change baby’s formula to see if it suits baby.
Viral or bacterial Infections
An infection in baby’s body could also cause occurrence of green poop.
It is also believed that in some babies teething can sometimes cause diarrhoea and occurrence of green poop.