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What does your baby poop say about the health of your baby? This baby poop decoder will help you learn just that.
Baby Poop Guide: Baby Poop Colors and Types Babies should expel their one within 24 hours, and our baby poop decoder will help you identify different ones. Although there is a wide range of normal (any variation of yellow, brown, and green, with a soft consistency), there are some that may indicate health problems. If you ever notice any abnormal or worrisome poop, always contact your pediatrician. Meconium Transitional Poop Breastfeeding Poop Formula Poop Breastfeeding/ Formula Combination Poop Solid Food Poop Dark green, black Dark green, brown Yellow or yellow-green Yellow-brown, green-tan brown Dark yellow, brown Dark brown, brown-yellow Thick, sticky, shiny, and tar-like. Mixture of bile, cells, mucus, and amniotic-intestinal fluids. Usually doesn’t smell. Sticky but getting softer. Mixture of meconium and breastfeeding (or formula) poop. Seedy, soft, and squishy; similar to mustard, cottage cheese, or scrambled eggs. Usually has a sweet smell. Thick and firm; similar to peanut butter or toothpaste. Smellier than breastfeeding poop. Thicker and closer in consistency to formula poop Thick and firm but also soft and mushy. Can also change colors (red, orange, green, blue) and reveal undigested food chunks, depending on what foods baby ate. Usually very smelly. Usually within 24 hours. Baby’s first bowel movement after birth. More than 24 hours can signal a medical problem. Within 2 to 4 days. After meconium, appears in the first few days of life (days 2 to 4) until baby is eating well. Within 3 to 5 days. The stool indicates baby is now getting mature breast milk (not early milk or colostrum). Within the first and second weeks Within the first month After 4 to 6 months, or whenever baby starts solids Type Color Consistency Occurrence Diarrhea Constipation Mucusy Poop Blood-Streaked Poop Bloody or Black Poop White Poop Yellow, green, brown Dark brown, black Yellow, green, brown Yellow-brown tinged with bright red Dark red, dark gray-black, black Chalky white, gray Very watery and loose Thick and hard; resembles small pellets, marbles, or logs Thin, watery, slick, and shiny; similar to diarrhea Breastfeeding or formula poop with specks or streaks of undigested blood Breastfeeding or formula poop that has mixed with digested blood. Breastfeeding or formula poop that is very pale bordering on white When there is milk or formula intolerance or the presence of a virus. Baby is at risk of dehydration. When there is a lack of fluid and fiber being absorbed When there is a milk allergy, infection, or excessive saliva swallowing from teething When there is a milk allergy, intestinal infection, or difficulty passing poop. Black flecks can also appear when baby swallows nipple blood during breastfeeding. When there is a milk allergy or intestinal infection. Darker shades of red indicate blood was introduced early in the intestine. When there is a liver problem, low bile, or lack of absorption Type Color Consistency Occurrence © Copyright 2014, Meredith Corporation Photo Credits: Transitional and bloody poop provided by Gregory Gordon, M.D. (gregorygordonmd.com); Breastfeeding and formula poop provided by Oasis Lactation Services (oasislactationservices.com); Mucusy and blood-streaked poop provided by Happy Healthy Mama (happyhealthymama.com); Diarrhea, bloody/black, and white poop provided by Douglas Mogul, MD, of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (hopkinschildrens.org); all other photos sourced from real moms and WikimediaCommons.com Baby Poop Guide: Baby Poop Colors and Types