How do I know if my baby's feces are abnormal?

How do I know if my baby

Many mothers worry about the quality


of their baby's feces. This is something that has to be looked at carefully to make sure that baby's intestines are functioning properly. It


is normal for the color, odor and consistency of his feces change as he grows older and his food changes.

How to know if something is wrong?
–


Diarrhea: can be caused by an infection, too much fruit, some medicine, or some sensitivity. If this happens, call your doctor as soon as you


can. Treatment of this disorder should be effective within 24 hours.
– Constipation: baby starts to cry and turns red when defecating. At times


his feces show blood. Causes can include the amount of milk he is drinking, changes in his diet, medication or dehydration Normally relieved by


greater intake of fluids.
– Green, foamy feces: can be a consequence of allergy or medicine, and in the majority of cases an excess of lactose.


Be sure baby empties one breast before changing him over to the other, so he will get all the nutrients he needs Call the doctor to confirm that


he does not have parasites.
– Very pale feces: can be a symptom of jaundice, found mostly when baby doesn't drink enough milk. This is very


common in newborn babies, but if it lasts for more than two weeks, call your doctor.

Keep in mind:
– Remember that the characteristics of your


baby's feces depend directly on what he eats; therefore, if this changes most probably there will be a change in his feces.
– Baby's feces are


not the same if he is breast fed or bottle fed (the latter are more voluminous, pale yellow and quite strong-smelling).
– During his first days,


baby's feces will be black because he is expelling meconium, a substance produced while in the womb, and this will let you know that his system


is functioning normally.
– During his first weeks of life, it is normal for baby to defecate just after eating. However, as he grows, there are


no rules on how often he should defecate. Remember, it depends on what he eats.
– When your baby starts to eat solid foods, his feces will


probable become thicker and harder.

It is normal for your baby's feces to be soft and easy to expel. In the event that they are hard and dry,


whether he is breastfeeding or taking formula, this could mean he is dehydrated due to heat, fever or an illness. In this case, call your


doctor.



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