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6 Month Old Baby Black Poop
Hello, my 6 month old baby has been getting dark coloured specks in poop. I introduced solids a few weeks ago and it has started after that.
Probably nothing: The color of poo is related to how the colorizer, the deep green bile, is modified as it travels to the exit. When you introduce new food items, the breakdown products will stain differently and some may retain the super dark green color while others transition thru green/yellow to brown. I can't think of anything bad this would represent. ...Read more
My 6-month-old baby has been crying for hours. She's constipated and trying to poop but still no result. Is it ok to use suppositories?
1 month old, formula feed infant has dark green poop that smells like skunk (sometimes stringy looking)...baby is gassy as well. Is this normal?
Could be: The first thing I would want to make sure is that your child is gaining weight appropriately and thriving. If that is the case, there are numerous things that could be of help, such as different formulas. That decision can be best made with your child's doctor who will know what formula your child is and/or has been on. Good luck. ...Read more
Is it possible that baby rice cereal can cause some type of allergy in some babies? 7 month old baby couldn't poop until I took him off of baby cereal
Constipating foods: You will find that rice cereal, bananas and apple sauce are often constipating foods. It is not an allergic effect. Loosening foods include juices like apple or prune and various fruits like peaches or prunes. ...Read more
Is it safe to give lactose free formula milk for babies. My baby is 6 month old now. He is on lf milk from 3 month....Is it safe...He develops loose poo?
Used lotion on hands. I have 6 month old daughter. She just licked my hands. I then saw the lotion contains honey. Is she at risk for infant botulism?
Unlikely!: Nystagmus is unlikely to be caused by ranitidine. It could be congenital meaning present since birth or acquired later due to several causes. He needs to be seen by a pediatric optjomologist and may be a pediatric neurologist also. You have to rule out vision problem and neurological problems. ...Read more
How often can I give my 6 month old infant glycerol? She's over 8kgs and hasn't had a proper bm in a few days I gave her glycerol yesterday
Constipation?: I'm assuming that you mean glycerin suppositories for constipation. Every once in a while these are ok to give. If you are giving one every few days you should try and figure out how to relieve the constipation. Likely you have started some solids by now. Consider giving a small amount of undiluted fruit juice 2-4 oz or a smushed up fresh fruit. Just stay away from bananas. ...Read more
Yes.: Yes. Not only is it available, but highly recommended. The first time your baby is immunized, two doses will be required. Only one dose in all subsequent years. ...Read more
Our six month old infant is teething. Baby paracetamol (calpol) provides definite relief. The insert says we can give it to him up to 4 times per day. But for how long can we do this safely? 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month?
Teething is normal: This is another name for acetaminophen and it is a mild analgesic only. It is OK to use this infrequently. Acetaminophen has its own drawbacks and that can be looked-up online. Try to let your child chew on a cold clean rag or something, it helps. This will come and go and they will get through this, and so will you!! ...Read more
3 months old infant. Recently changed formula from 'novalac' to 'NAN' pooping continuously after every fed. Is it normal?
Common: In infants it is common for them to have a bowel movement after each feed. Most important is to see if the child is behaving and responding well. If baby is sucking well, feeding well, has no vomiting, smiles and is active, there is no cause for concern. But if you remain worried take the baby to a pediatrician to have the baby checked. ...Read more
What are some reasons for an infant to have mucousy stool? He's 3 1/2 months old and I've only noticed it once so far, but its making me nervous!
Depends: Once only may be of little or no consequence, particularly if there are no other symptoms. If it becomes a repeated observation, get it checked out. ...Read more
Is it ok that an infant stool is pale yellow after 3 days it turned gray. He is 4 months and a half old. Is it ok? Thank you
What are the stool's characteristics of a 3month old infant who is on a 100% milk formula feeding?
Varies some: Most develop regular stooling at a frequency of 1 or more daily. Color varies through shades of green to yellow to brown. ...Read more
2 week old infant with gas pain. OTC medication not helping. Any time she has to fart or poo she just struggles and cries.?
Most of these issues: Do not occur, or are very infrequent with breast feeding; are far more common with all forms of breast milk alternative, despite all the marketing. Seek out help worthy of your trust; will end-up far better for you, your child & family. Study: Attachment Parenting & the bountiful work of pediatrician: William Sears, M.D. & his wife; Martha Sears, RN, & their many books for some wisdom/solutions. ...Read more
Is it normal for a 10 week old infant who is exclusively breastfed to not have had a bowel movement in two days?
My 12 week old formula fed infant appears to be constipated. Is there anything I can do to help him have a bowel movement?
Yes, but...: Keep in mind the symptoms of constipation are by definition hard and painful to pass stools. Remember a little pushing and uncomfortableness is ok as long as the stools are soft. Also an every other day stool for some bottle fed babies is fine. Keep in mind the position babies are in as they stool, FLAT ON THEIR BACK. Can you imagine? One oz water and one oz apple juice once will help. ...Read more
Why my baby pooping green. He is 6 month old breast feed baby just started having apple 2 week ago.
Relax: Poop color tends to preoccupy moms. But it rarely matters. Beware of red, black, and pale (chalky) stools. ...Read more
Poop Colors: The color of stool is not usually concerning, as it reflects a lot of things we eat. Dark black, red or white stools are the only colors that are worrisome. ...Read more
What happens if an infant accidentally gets a small amount of her own poop in her mouth? Do infants have e.coli in their feces?
No: Probably not a problem. Especially if no other concern. ...Read more
As an infant, I ate a huge amount of beets. Pooped during my nap and my mom swears the poop stained my butt cheek. 28 yrs later, still there. Why?
Doubt it caused this: If you have an odd coloration of your skin in this area it would be reasonable to consult with a dermatologist to determine the cause. Beets is not a common part of an infant diet in this region, but I have practiced in various parts of the world & never heard of this happening in three decades. I am aware of several skin issues that could produce localized color variations in this location. ...Read more
Other causes: A four month old does not have bowel control where he is afraid to poop. You don't mention it, but if you are breast feeding an infant can go as long as a week without pooping and is within the realm of normality. If he is on f ormula he maybe constipated by too much formula. ...Read more
Breast or bottle: Breast fed kids can make a little poo smear every feeding or go 7-10 days between stools. Bottle fed kids usually get into a routine with a stool or more daily. Discuss your situation with the nurse at your drs office & decide what fits with your situation & when a visit might be proper. ...Read more
Allergy or normal: If the baby is feeding well and there is no blood in the stool or unusual vomiting or other signs of illness, then it may be normal to have a mucousy stool from time to time. However, mucus may be a sign of allergy to a component of infant formula, or in some cases something in mom's milk. If this happens rarely, probably not a big concern. If frequent, consider discussing with pediatrician. ...Read more