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Your Child’s Feces: Healthy or Unhealthy?

About the condition and health of feces and related diseases among babies and children. As first-time parents, your relief doesn’t last long when you observe skin rashes, diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, unexpected watery, abnormally colored feces showing up in their diapers, and other warning signs. These symptoms can all be downright scary and can easily send chills down to your spine and may even take new parents by surprise.

This is my feces article series: Are your feces healthy?, Are your feces healthy?2, Is your feces/stool normal?, Effective home remedies for treating hard feces/stool problems, constipation and irritable bowel movement, What your feces tell about your health, what your feces tell about your health (part 2), what causes blood (or bright red blood) in your feces? and How does a bowel movement affect your feces/stool and health?.

It’s a pleasure moment for you parent to witness the delivery of your healthy newborn. However, you’re not always bound to heave a sigh of relief. As the first-time parents, your relief don’t last long, when you observe unexpected watery, abnormal colored feces showing up in their diaper, skin rashes, diarrhea, constipation, weight loss and other warning signs. These symptoms can all be downright scary and can easily send chill down to your spine or may even put new parents or moms into extremely surprising mode.

You may have read on my feces articles Are your feces healthy?, Are your feces healthy? Two and this is the third piece of my feces article. In this article, I’ll discuss more on baby’s or child’s feces.

Green Feces 

You may observe green feces show up in your baby’s diaper and you may take a look at it by asking yourself, “Is my baby’s feces healthy?” In this case, you shouldn’t have yourself worried much as the green feces generally cause no concern at all. Formula-fed babies will normally have green feces developed due to the iron-fortified formula they’re taking. As long as your baby seems happy and not suffering any problems with constipation, there’s nothing for you to worry about. To improve the condition of green feces, you may switch from formula to soy-based, which generally shows great improvement in a week or two. Or else, if this doesn’t work for your baby, please consult your doctor to get a sample of a hypoallergenic formula. 

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  1. I am glad I am not a young mum. I could have done with this article forty years ago. Good work.

    Christine

  2. Very well written and researched article. Now that’s a lot of reading, Chan. Phew! I’ll have to come back and read the rest. Very educational write, my friend.

  3. Excellent advice for parents with young children and babies, very well written and researched Chan, thank you.

  4. another great article, well-researched and ably presented. Thanks Chan.

  5. Hey thank you for the advice :)
    Great article.

    Yours, Gonzalo

  6. As always, your article is very comprehensive. This is very useful. I observed my daughter faeces during her first year. I wish I read your article earlier, so I didn’t worry much :-) . Thanks, Chan.

  7. Chan,

    I agree with Christine! So glad I’m not a young mother anymore..

  8. You sure know must have researched this subject. This is a very well written article, that I can tell was written with much care. Thanks always for sharing.

  9. Chan,

    Glad to see you back. Hope all is well! Great article, my friend.

  10. What an usual, well researched and well written article. I must tell you I would never of thought of writing about this subject. Good to see you back, my friend in writing.

  11. This is a very comprehensive and well written article about what we need to know about our child’s feces. Great job!!

  12. well done !!! great article as usual!!congratulations!!!

  13. Many moms, especially the new ones will find this to be a great source of help. Thanks for finding this useful information.
    Monica.

  14. Very detailed and informative article. I believe it is very useful. well done.

  15. This is a very informative article, Chan. I don’t have kids yet, but this is good to know for when I do.

  16. I don’t have kids (that I admit to) and still found this a thorough and informative piece.
    Thanks,
    Clay

  17. Good to know. Nice work.

  18. I’ve always admired the sincerity in your works.

  19. Interesting facts – especially as I am a parent.

  20. great info

  21. is it normal for my four month old baby girl to pass green/ mucous/ seedy feces. she is not breastfeeding please advice
    concern mom

  22. To rupa sugrim,

    As I mentioned in this article, the color of your child feces can be varied from day-to-day basis, ranging from yellow to green, depending much on their dietary pattern (solid, fluid, or both; or type f foods you feed them). If you feed them with green foods such as beans, spinach, and pureed peas, the feces will be green, and vice. It’s completely normal to have a regular change in their feces color and consistency. So, you shouldn’t be worried too much. What you’ve to concern much is when you notice mucous, loose or watery feces for several diaper changes, severe diarrhea with blood in it, or dark red jelly-looking feces accompanying with abdominal pain, then in this case, you should consult your doctor right away.

    If you’re still unsure of your child’s condition, the best is to bring them to check with a doctor for a further advice.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  23. Chan,
    My 6 month old baby boy is fully breast-fed. Since he was about 2 months old, he only has a bowel movement about every 8-12 days. When he does, it is thick, about like soft peanut butter, and it smells horrible!! The color is a shiny gold. Not yellow, but golden. He doesn’t strain to poo or act like it bothers him at all. The weird thing is that his BM’s changed at the same time he started showing some strange neurological signs. (seeing a neurologist in January) Could this be related? Have you ever heard of anything like this before?
    Thanks,
    Tabitha

  24. To Tabitha,

    According to your description, your baby is unhealthy. To answer your question, you’ll have to first answer me how often do you breast-fed your baby boy? What did you feed him? Has him slept well at night?

    When baby’s BM changes, there’s always a health concern. You should get him to check with a registered and qualified doctor to find out the problem he is facing. Sometimes, it’s not just a problem of feces, but may be certain health condition your baby might be facing. I’ll be glad if you’ll help him to seek for a medical assistance or diagnosis.

    I hope this helps.

    Take care and regards,
    Chan

  25. hi
    my 4 month old baby passing frothy poo and loosing weight she is fully breast fed but since i started karicare gold formula 50ml with 60ml of breast milk last week she is passing watery poo and started loosing weight i stoped giving her formula after 2 days but she is still passing frothy poo and loosing weight its been 1 week now. i went to see Gp she asked me for stool test but didn\’t give any medicine to stop this problem.Very upset mom.

  26. Hi juhi,

    For children or babies, losing weight and watery feces are of great concern. As I mentioned in this article, frothy feces is a result of imbalance of Hindmilk/ Foremilk or a breast milk imbalance. You should try to reduce the amount intake for formula milk and at the same time, you should get a registered lactation consultant to help you decide a suitable nursing pattern to solve your 4-month-old baby’s problem. If your kid keeps on losing in weight, you should get an experience doctor to check on her because it might be due to infection or other underlying health condition that requires a medical diagnosis.

    As for watery feces, I quoted from my article for your reference.
    “Very often, there’s nothing to worry about diarrhea as it may due to a sudden change of bowel movements that become watery and frequent. Many cases of diarrhea are caused by stomach bug or food intolerance. If your baby has just started a new food, make sure that you consult your doctor to discuss the diarrhea and the appropriate diet pattern. Another thing to be noted is that your baby should take enough fluids to prevent dehydration. When they get diarrhea, you should make sure that their bottom is kept as clean and dry as possible in order to prevent diaper rash. If you’re not sure what to do, it’s always wiser to consult your doctor.

    As I mentioned earlier, diarrhea isn’t something severe to cause great alarm unless it’s followed by other symptoms such as lethargic, fever, bloody feces (some infectious diarrhea such as Salmonella and C. Difficile may cause bloody feces), vomiting, nausea, weight loss, baby is acting sick and discomfort. If this happens to your child, please bring them to your doctor right away. If you’re in doubt, make sure that you speak to your doctor. Bear in mind that diarrhea should always be cleared up without treatment within 24 hours, or else, you should get your baby or child checked to identify the causes of diarrhea.”

    I hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Chan

  27. To all valued readers,

    Any illogical or hilarious questions will not be entertained or answered. This website is not made to be crazy,hilarious and laughing, but it’s made for helping people to cope with the problems.

  28. I cannot find much on this but my son(19 mos) bounces from nicely formed to diahhrea. It doesnt smell and I dont know if you can even call it diahhrea since it only happens 2-3 times a day. Also there are times where he has gritty bowel movements as if he ate sand. I cannot find anything on here about this. He is on proboitics and digestive enzymes.

  29. Hi krystal,

    When you see runny, liquid or watery feces in your baby’s diaper, it can be a sign of diarrhea, which may be due to sudden change of bowel movements or food intolerance. Normally, diarrhea does not cause any problem if it is not accompanied with fever, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, bloody feces or your baby is acting sick. In case this situation happens to your baby, you should bring him to a doctor right away.

    In a case of gritty bowel movement, please increase the fluid intake and fiber in his diet. I’d suggest you to bring him to check with a doctor.

  30. Dear Chan,

    I feel so relieved after reading your article. My 9 1/2 month old baby has been passing green stools for the past 1 1/2 months. At times, it is green and mucous like. Otherwise, it is just green. However, stool tests were found to be normal. I give her white/brown rice and green gram pulse almost everyday. My food schedule for her is not systematic unlike many mothers who would have brought their children into a routine breakfast, lunch, dinner pattern. Does that make a difference? Her food intake is also very less. Your opinion would be highly valued.

    Litcy

  31. Hi Litcy,

    Thanks for your kind words. First of all, you need to check whether you’re overfeeding or underfeeding your baby as this may cause green feces showing in her diaper. Also, her condition might be due to food sensitivity. In this case, stop feeding her brown rice, gram pulse instead feed her porridge (mixed with small slices of carrots, green beans, or corn, each with size less than 1cm respectively). Wait till she finishes porridge in her mouth before the next feeding. I’d suggest you to also feed her with carrot juice or prune juice (about 20-30 ml per day).

    Of course, infrequent feeding time may also influence on the color of her feces. You should feed her with one fixed routine time for each meal in a day. Make sure that she’s feeding with small serving each meal. By doing so, you’ll help improve her bowel condition.

    As long as she’s feeding with nutritional and appropriate amount of meals, the small serving size doesn’t matter much.

    If you’re still concern about her condition, please bring her to a doctor.

  32. Hi,

    I have a 6 month old breast fed baby boy and he has been introduced to rice cereal one month ago.From past 5 days i am seeing red tiny spots and red very short thread like in his poop. His daily activities is normal.He is not fussy or tired when he poops.I am not not having any dairy products.When i consulted doctor …he says if the baby is not fussy there is nothing to worry about.But my concern is what is reason for having those red like spots and very short red threads in his poop?Please help me with this

  33. Hi anju,

    Did you see red tiny spots/thread like substance in his poop after you fed him with solid food? As your doctor said there is not to worry if he’s not fussy. Have you fed him with red colored solid food? Sometimes, the red color of the food can give red color to the feces which appears to your eyes as red thread like substance. Try stop feeding him with red colored food and his condition should have improved few days later.

  34. Thanks for the reply.No i have not fed him any red colored food.The only solid food he is having is rice cereal.

  35. Hi Anju,

    Normally, rice cereal won’t cause red tiny substance in a baby’s diaper. Have you fed him with any snack or juice? How many times have you fed him with rice cereal in a day? Have you also fed him with adequate amount of water?

  36. No juice or snack.I feed rice cereal twice a day and he drinks around 4 to 5 spoons of water three times a day.He normally does poo around 5 to 6 times and i do not see blood every time but when i see it is bright red in color.

  37. Hi anju,

    What made you thinking that it was blood in his stool? Does he feel any pain from the abdominal part after his bowel movement? And do you find he acting strange or depress after the movement? May I know how much do you feed him with rice cereal and what’s the content in his daily cereal?

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