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Is it fine if an infant passes loose stool 3-4 times a day or sometimes more than that?

Is it fine if an infant passes loose stool 3-4 times a day or sometimes more than that?

Loose stool: It is fine if the stool is not watery but just loose. Younger babies can have a bowel movement each time they eat. As long as the baby is urinating and not having any other symptoms, this is probably normal. ...Read more

Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more


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How many times per day should infant pass stool?

How many times per day should infant pass stool?

How fed????: A breast fed infant may stool a bit every feeding or an overflow diaper once a week. If it is soft it is not constipation. If formula fed, the pattern is more likely to be a few daily or at least every other day. If stools are soft & baby feeds well & plays, there is no reason to be concerned. If a poor feeder & not wetting diapers at least every 6 hours, I would have her checked. ...Read more

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What to do for infant 5 weeks who is constipated. Breast fed with rice cereal in pumped milk for reflux, also on Zantac (ranitidine) two times daily. Has not had bowel movement in two days and is very fussy

What to do for infant 5 weeks who is constipated. Breast fed with rice cereal in pumped milk for reflux, also on Zantac (ranitidine) two times daily. Has not had bowel movement in two days and is very fussy

Breast fed baby: Your babys " constipation" may not be related to the rice cereal at all. Breast fed babies can go a whole week without having a stool and are not considered constipated. ...Read more

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Can mucous in an infants poop be normal?

Can mucous in an infants poop be normal?

Could be, but...: There are a lot of mucous-producing cells in the colon and rectum, so some mucous can be normal at times. But if the mucous is persistent or heavy, stools are loose, your infant seems uncomfortable, not gaining weight well, or any blood in the stools, it would warrant evaluation. ...Read more

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3 months old infant. Recently changed formula from 'novalac' to 'NAN' pooping continuously after every fed. Is it normal?

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

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My breastfeeding infant has blue green poop, is this normal?

My breastfeeding infant has blue green poop, is this normal?

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

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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?

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 problem: All people have E Coli in their feces but it is not a pathogen. An infant getting a small amount of her own stool in her mouth will suffer no consequences. ...Read more

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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?

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

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My one month old is constipated could it be the milk?  She's taking Enfamil for infants the yellow can and is pooping very hard and crying

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My one month old is constipated could it be the milk?  She's taking Enfamil for infants the yellow can and is pooping very hard and crying

Infant constipation: One month old infant on formula sometimes has constipation. Add a teaspoon of 100% prune juice once a day would help. Lactulose 10g/15 ml could help too. Dose is 2.5 ML to 10 Ml a day by mouth (you can put in the infant formula and give it to the baby. Try prune juice first. Good luck!!! ...Read more

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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?

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

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Does mucous in an infants poop always mean there is an allergy or infection?

Does mucous in an infants poop always mean there is an allergy or infection?

Not necessarily: Not necessarily, speak to his pediatrician if this continues. ...Read more

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What causes yellowish greenish seedy watery like poo in 1week infant? Breastfed on demand

What causes yellowish greenish seedy watery like poo in 1week infant? Breastfed on demand

That is normal: For a newborn baby who is breast feeding. That color will likely become more yellow over the next week or two. Enjoy your baby! ...Read more

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What would blood look like in 5 month old infants stool. My sons stool was really black. Should I be worried?

What would blood look like in 5 month old infants stool. My sons stool was really black. Should I be worried?

See below: Black stool (like tar) is evidence of bleeding above the ligament of treitz which is in the area of the duodenum. This can mean bleeding that was affected by the acid of the stomach turning the blood from red to black. There are other reasons why the stool may look black that are harmless, so get seen by you pediatrician and bring a sample of the stool to be tested for blood (a guiac test). ...Read more

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Is it normal for infants & toddlers to have greenish stool first after diarhea that turns into yellowish later on i.e it is a part of recovery.

Is it normal for infants & toddlers to have greenish stool first after diarhea that turns into yellowish later on i.e it is a part of recovery.

Pretty common: The greenish color in stool is the breakdown product of the bile when it has not been in the gut long enough to go through a change to yellowish or brown. It is normal as is the loose consistency. Some digested material will take on a darker tint than others & the germs in the gut will also impact the final product. I'd ignore the whole issue. ...Read more

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My 14 weeks infant doesn't poo for 2 to 3 days. Is it ok?

My 14 weeks infant doesn't poo for 2 to 3 days. Is it ok?

Can be: Breast fed infants can go every feeding or once a week. Adding other foods can change the stooling pattern. If it is soft when they go it is not considered constipation. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about a green and seedy mucous stool in an infant?

Should I be worried about a green and seedy mucous stool in an infant?

Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris. It starts out a deep green & slowly changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile. Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs. ...Read more

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What does it mean if it says "esch coli isolated" in an infant's stool culture report?

What does it mean if it says "esch coli isolated" in an infant's stool culture report?

Common germ in poo: E.coli is a common stool germ. Its presence in the poo is expected. There are pathogenic (bad) strains of E.coli but this would be reported separately. ...Read more

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12 weeks infant with mucous blood tinged stool?

12 weeks infant with mucous blood tinged stool?

Blood in stool: If your baby has not been checked by your pediatrician, please do so asap. If formula-fed, the most common cause is cow's milk allergy (regular formulas are cow-milk-based).
Another cause could be bacterial infection. Some constipated babies can develop anal fissures. ...Read more

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Is infant teething accompanied with seedy stool and rash?

Is infant teething accompanied with seedy stool and rash?

No: Teething may accompany a rash and/or stool irregularity, but teething doesn't cause these problems. ...Read more

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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

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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!

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

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Am weaning my 6 week old infant onto formula and he is struggling to poo. Is he constipated?

Am weaning my 6 week old infant onto formula and he is struggling to poo. Is he constipated?

Change pattern: Weaning from breast milk to formula can result in a change in consistency of the stool. If your baby has not had a bowel movement in a few days, I would advise a visit with your pediatrician. The baby's mouth and eyes should be moist. ...Read more

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When should infants go back to normal diet after recovering fm dierehea viral, bacterial, or amoebic? Is it when stool firms up again.

When should infants go back to normal diet after recovering fm dierehea viral, bacterial, or amoebic? Is it when stool firms up again.

Varies: Regardless of cause of Diarrhoea the decision to start regular food depends if there is associated fever, nausea &, vomiting. In the vast number of cases I find only Diarrhoea with minimal discomfort. Therefore I usually advise that the child be given normal foods in smaller amounts more frequently. It has been found that normal food leads to less nutritional imbalance & quicker healing. ...Read more

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How long before infant has a bowel movement without struggling?

It depends: The problem is that babies aren't coordinated and don't open their sphincter immediately when they have a bowel movement. Also, it's harder to have a bowel movement when you are lying down. As long as the stool is soft, there really isn't a problem with them straining a bit. It doesn't necessarily mean that there is anything wrong. If the stool is hard balls, see your doctor for help. ...Read more

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Mucus in infant stool.....what can cause it besides allergy? Baby is on amino acid formula

Mucus in infant stool.....what can cause it besides allergy? Baby is on amino acid formula

Poor Digestion: For infants mucus in the stool suggest poor digestion. Depending on when you changed the formula the mucus in the still may still be there. Mucus without blood may not be a problem. Discuss this with your doctor if it persist. ...Read more

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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

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

Yes: Transient pale-colored stooling is observed in healthy infants and children not too infrequently. Pale stool close to chalk in jaundiced infant or red stool with diarrhea or tarry stool needs medical attention. ...Read more

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Why do I find blood in my infant's diaper when she has not made a bowel movement?

Why do I find blood in my infant's diaper when she has not made a bowel movement?

Is it blood?: First, is it blood? Newborns especially can pass dark urine that when dried in a diaper can look like blood. Sometimes genuine blood can come from bloody vaginal discharge (normal in a newborn), or from a crack or fissure near the anus. Not sure what's going on? Go see the pediatrician for an exam. ...Read more

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2 week old infant with gas pain. OTC medication not helping. Any time she has to fart or poo she just struggles and cries.?

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

Feces (Definition)

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