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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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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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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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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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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

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What are the stool's characteristics of a 3month old infant who is on a 100% milk formula feeding?

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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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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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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Infant constipation. We have tried prune juice oatmeal and soy milk and nothing is working. Can we use a stool softener and what foods to avoid. ?

Natural plugs: Apple sauce, bananas & rice cereal are the main constipators in most infants. Peaches, pears, plums & barley cereal are usually helpful in loosening them.Prune or apple juice(regular adult, not dilute baby) given in amounts of 1-2 ounces 1-2 x/day for a minimum of 3 days will usually loosen a kid.Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a 7months old baby has a constipation for 3 months sometimes a hard feces he feeds normally what kind of food making his condition better ?

I have a 7months old  baby has a constipation for 3 months sometimes a hard feces he feeds normally what kind of food making his condition better ?

Options: In early infancy, bananas, applesauce & cereals are prime constipating agents.Lowering amount of intake can help reduce the effect. The fruit juices like apple, peach, prune,pear will loosen stools. Any change takes 3-4 days to show benefit. ...Read more

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Hello I have a question about breastfeeding exclusively baby feces (4 months).It seems to me a little snotty and I want to know if it's normal?

Hello I have a question about breastfeeding exclusively baby feces (4 months).It seems to me a little snotty and I want to know if it's normal?

Most Likely Normal: You are breastfeeding, "baby feces a little snotty". Your baby's age & medical history is unknown. Breast fed baby stools vary however colors range from green, brown, to yellow. Consistency varies between seedy to mushy. It is not unusual to see stringy mucous strands. If your baby is comfortable, has a good appetite & has good weight gain then no action is needed. See doctor for well baby exam. ...Read more

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41 wks preg. Took 2 fleet enemas-held in @ same time, 5 mins, 12 hrs ago. Feces stuck in rectum 2nite, did another 2. Then saw warnings-am I/baby ok?

41 wks preg. Took 2 fleet enemas-held in @ same time, 5 mins, 12 hrs ago. Feces stuck in rectum 2nite, did another 2. Then saw warnings-am I/baby ok?

Enemas: If you didn't induce uterine cramps there was no adverse effects on your pregnancy. It's best to avoid vigorous enemas at this time. Try increasing fiber intake and good daily water intake. Add a daily stool softener.Ask your OB for further advice about glycerin rectal suppositories or dulcolax rectal suppository use as needed. ...Read more

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My 11month old baby find it very difficult to pass stool,as it seems to her very straining and stools are like goats feces it consistency or not at al?

My 11month old baby find it very difficult to pass stool,as it seems to her very straining and stools are like goats feces it consistency or not at al?

Soften stools: Infants transitioning diets to solids may not get enough fiber / fluids in diet; 5 gm of fiber daily, try pureeing vegetables, fruits and use of infant cereals with adequate amount of fiber, an average sized 11 month old should have about 32 oz of fluids daily. If these measures are not helpful, baby will need further evaluation ...Read more

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My baby girl is 3 years old and has worms in her feces , what is the most natural fastest effective way to remove it from her body until we examin her?

My baby girl is 3 years old and has worms in her feces , what is the most natural fastest effective way to remove it from her body until we examin her?

Needs a check up: single dose mebendazol taken by all family members and repeat in a week after diagnosis by checkng with a scotch tape for eggs in the perianal area and having good hygiene as it is spread by enteric rout and poor hygiene ...Read more