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Why Is Ready Feed Formula Darker Than Powder
Formula: I'm sure it has to do with the manufacture and processing technique. But, you would have to contact the company to find out why. They may have information on their web site. ...Read more
Yes: If your water source is safe to drink, it is perfectly ok to switch - and alot cheaper for you too. If breast feeding just hasn't worked out for you and you use formula, just make sure you mix according to directions. You don't want to cheat your baby out of the nutients she needs for optimal growth by mixing wrong. And remember not to shake hard before feeding - you will end up with gas! ...Read more
Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants. Thanks :)?
Both are fine. Which: you use is a personal preference. Powdered formula can be easier to take for travel and less expensive, but you need to make sure you have a reliable, safe source of drinking water. Ready-to-feed is more expensive but you don't need to worry about adding safe water, and it's convenient. ...Read more
Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants and why. Thanks :)?
Convenience: I find mom's enjoy the convenience of RTF for travel or if they only need an occasional bottle to supplement breast feeding. For formula feeders, most use powder because it makes sense. Why pay the company to add water, use more storage space and spend the energy to carry all the extra weight home? ...Read more
My formula fed foster baby has realy dark green almost black poop and its really runny..Is this normal ? Also he was a drug and alcohol exposed baby
Yes: Dark green/almost black stools are indeed normal color for some infants. If the stools are totally black, ask doc to check for hidden blood. But just very dark green are okay, as are the various yellow, greens, oranges and browns. Bad color is pure white, totally black, or red bloody. ( purple would be weird too, but i've seen that only after purple birthday cake!) also, runny is good for baby poo. ...Read more
8 week old formula fed baby,1 week has had specs of blood in some of her stool, sometimes also has dark stringy bits in it. Otherwise healthy & gainin?
3 month old pooping once a day dark green being formula fed along with breastfeeding is this normal?
My 4 mo old formula fed had been spitting up a lot more than usual, the last two have had dark brown/red streaks in them. should I be concerned?
REFLUX...: MANY INFANTS DU DEVELOP SPITTING UP SOME WITHOUT PROBLEMS SOME WITH IRRITATION SECONDARY TO GASTRIC JUICES ACIDITY WHICH WHEN TOUCHING THE ESOPHAGUS IT CAN IRRITATE IT AND SOMETIMES SOME BLEEDING CAN OCCUR. YOUR BABY SHOULD BE SEEN BY HIS/HER PEDIATRICIAN IF THE PROBLEM CONTINUES OR HE/SHE ACTS IN PAIN ...Read more
My one month old son goes at least 4 days without pooping, is very gassy and fussy and when he does its pasty and dark green. Normal? (formula fed)
Yes, normal: The stool you describe is normal formula fed baby poop. Going 4 days in between is a bit long, but not unusual. More concerning is his "gassy and fussy". Make sure he is not feeding too fast and thereby gulping air. Make sure you burp him after every ounce of feeding. You may also want to consider one of the many formulas that promote themselves for "gassy" babies. Talk to pediatrician for options. ...Read more
My baby is 5m old was mixed fed till 3.5m and now on formula his stool turned from yellow mustard to dark green do I need to worry?
My two month old baby is always uncomfortable every time feeding him similac powder formula i always notice not good in his tummy and green bm please hep?
Feeding issue? : Some children are cow's milk intolerant, because of course if you were meant to drink cow's milk you'd be born a cow. Gassiness, bloating, and stool changes are possible. Allergy to milk is also possible though less likely. Reflux is also less likely. Discuss this with your peds at your next well check, and see what issue needs to be addressed. ...Read more
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
My 3 month old sons poop has turned dark brown with white chunks in it. He is formula fed enfamil with baby oatmeal in it. His stools have increased?
Brown is OK!: Baby poop is lots of different colors and can change from day to day for any baby. One day brown, one day yellow, one green. The worrisome colors are dark black after the first few days of life (cuz your first poop is blackish meconium), red poop or pure white poop. I suppose purple would be weird too! as his digestive tract matures, consistency will also vary. And yes, baby poop stinks! ...Read more
Baby poop: can be many different colors naturally and this is not usually a sign of any problem. In breastfed babies anything that the mother consumes can affect the baby's poop. As long as your baby otherwise appears well, and is well hydrated, this is not usually a reason for concern. Signs of dehydration in a baby as illustrated, are reason for medical attention. ...Read more
1 month 3 weeks baby who I've been combining formula and breast fed but just recently I changed he's formula to soy based. He pooped dark green
Normal variation: The main agent adding color to the poo is the material made by the liver called bile. It starts out a dark green and goes thru the yellows to brown depending on the influences of various factors in the intestines. Rapid transit thru the system, as may occur with ore bulk or breast feeding may have a green, yellow or brown appearance. ...Read more
After starting formula milk my daughter starts loose motion dark bluish in colour and order is fouling. Unable to Breast feed coz of her mother health?
Type of formula: Formulas have different bases - cows milk, soybean, and basic amino acids. Some infants can react to the protein in formula. Foul smell and dark stool are worrisome for a reaction that should be seen tomorrow by your MD to make sure the formula your child is on is causing intestinal irritation. If your child is in distress, fever, constant crying seek emergency care. ...Read more
I breast feed and use formula for my 13 day old baby boy. His poop is runny and yellow to dark yellow. When he poops i hear it loudly & rapidly squirting out. Is this diarrhea? How can I treat it?
NORMAL POOP!: That is wonderful, perfectly functioning newborn baby poop. Don't change a thing and don't worry about a thing. He does not have diarrhea - that is what infant poop is at its best!. Color can be yellows, greens, browns, oranges -these are all ok colors. And yes, it is very runny and explosive - stand clear of butt when changing diaper. Congratulations! ...Read more
My baby is 1 month age. I use fumula feeding no breastfed. Now he has stool around 10 time a day.But his stool is yellow and dark green colour.
Probably fine: I would not be worried about this kind of regular stooling pattern at this age as long as the child appears normal otherwise, is active &feeding well, growing normally and is receiving an approved baby formula, prepared or diluted properly. The baby's digestive system is still getting used to the child's new environment outsdide the uterus. Anything else seems amiss? Do check promptly with your md. ...Read more
Cow milk formula: The nutritional value of formulas in america are standardized, so they have similar amounts of calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fat. There are, however, different sources for the ingredients. For example, some formulas use cow milk protein, while others use soy protein. The type of sugars and fats in the formula may be different also. Infant formulas generally have 20 calories per ounce. ...Read more
See below: The children do not have any visible differences. Breast feeding a child can help decrease the incidence of obesity, URI symptoms, decreased ear infections, and a possible benefit in brain and visual development. However, formulas now contain supplements to aid in visual and brain development. ...Read more
Breast Feeding Perks: For baby: improved immunity, superior brain&eye development, fewer allergies& GI problems, enhanced cognitive functioning, reduced risk of obesity/all obesity related diseases, etc. etc. etc. etc. For mother: lose weight faster, saves time, money and environmental resources, bonds more readily, reduces risk of breast/ ovarian cancer&multiple systemic diseases. Risk is low weight gain in infant. ...Read more
First tell us...: ...are you aiming to improve your child's hard or loose stool, please? ...Read more
Basic rule : I find if you offer half as many ounces as the kid weighs in pounds you have a good starting point. If s/he leaves some behind your feed is right. If s/he empties every bottle you can add an ounce at a time until the begin to leave some behind.I don't like going over 8 oz at any feed & will cut back if they start to spit a lot. ...Read more
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