Young mothers of their first child often ask themselves: what should be the baby's chair? When the second and subsequent children are born, experience is already quite enough to assess whether the newborn has normal feces. But with the first baby, everything is much more complicated.
A young mother begins to change diapers to her baby already in the hospital. Of course, there she first encounters his chair. The very first one will be of a completely unusual look and color. It's called meconium. This is the original feces. It has a greenish tint, is very sticky and is difficult to wash off the skin of a newborn. Therefore, it is imperative to take wet wipes to the hospital. Meconium does not always leave from one time. Much more often it happens that the baby poops like this several times in a row. Gradually, with the arrival of the mother's milk, the baby's stool will change.
As soon as the baby begins to eat breast milk, his stool becomes more liquid than meconium. In this case, the color should normally be yellow, orange or mustard. If the baby stains the diaper with greens, it is worth contacting the pediatrician, this may indicate an infection in the baby's intestines.
There should be no strong odor from the feces of a newborn. It usually smells like sour milk. The baby's stool has a mushy consistency. It does not completely absorb into the diaper. When the mother notices that the stool is liquid and the diaper absorbs it completely, it is better for her to take a closer look at the child. Perhaps he was simply weakened by some foods in her diet. Or maybe diarrhea begins. In a formula-fed infant, stool does not differ much from that of a baby in mother's milk.
The baby's feces must be uniform. Flakes of undigested curdled milk can be a worrying symptom. After all, this means that the baby does not fully assimilate everything that he eats. When nothing bothers him, he behaves cheerfully, and the chair comes off easily and painlessly, then there is no reason for panic. But if, in addition to the cereal in the chair, the mother notices the baby's anxiety due to the tummy, then a visit to the pediatrician is mandatory. The baby may not have enough enzymes to break down milk. In this case, either drugs will be prescribed to facilitate digestion, or a special mixture will be prescribed. Often this enzyme deficiency is accompanied by skin problems that cannot be cured with allergy medications. As soon as the baby's digestion returns to normal, the skin will clear itself.
Baby's chair after complementary feeding
During the period of the introduction of complementary foods, the child's stool changes very much. The entire digestive system starts working in a completely different way. It takes time for her to rebuild. Therefore, with the beginning of complementary feeding, the baby's stool differs little in color and consistency from what is introduced into his diet. It seems that the puree that was fed to the baby comes out in an almost unchanged form. This is normal. Gradually, the stool will become more familiar to adults: darker, thicker. If the stool comes off tight and in lumps, constipation begins. In such a situation, it is necessary to increase the amount of water in the baby's diet and be sure to add a teaspoon of olive oil to the vegetable purees. After the introduction of complementary foods, the baby's stool begins to smell more harshly.
A child's digestion is a labile system subject to many factors. The feces will not be the same all the time. A young mother should always evaluate not only him, but also the general condition of her baby. A one-time loose green stool is not diarrhea. For any doubts, a good pediatrician will help mom. To do this, you can save the diaper and show him to eliminate all doubts and worries about the baby's health.