The type of diaper content is closely related to the developmental stages of a baby – in some cases, however, the consistency, odor, and color of the stool may also be indicative of a disease.
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All a matter of development: even with bowel movements
The type of diaper content is closely linked to the developmental stages of a baby. For example, the diaper contents of newborn, bottle and nursing children often differ greatly. Within the first hours after birth, the so-called Kindspech (meconium) appears in the neonatal diaper. Its color is green-black, and it appears almost tarry and sticky.
Especially the new fathers remind this type of chair, which mainly contains swallowed amniotic fluid, of motor oil. In contrast to the later following types of chair, Kindspech usually proves to be odorless. In the first four days, the Kind speech is gradually replaced by a lighter stool. This is an important sign that the newborn’s gut has begun to digest the mother’s or baby’s milk well.
A baby usually has one to five daily bowel movements during the first four weeks of life. After that, it is normal that breastfed children often have no bowel movements for several days. If feeding is fed or the baby receives replacement food, the bowel movements should be done regularly, preferably daily.
Depending on whether the newborn breast milk receives or baby food, the chair is also different. Still baby often has pulpy-creamy stools in yellow color. The smell is not unpleasant. The color also depends on what the nursing mother ate. Although the enjoyment of spinach does not change the color of breast milk, it often results in a greenish diaper content.
Breastfeeding mothers are often worried that their baby is suffering from diarrhea because the chair appears very thin. This is normal for many nursing babies but should be clarified if necessary nevertheless medically. For example, a greenish-slimy-foamy stool may indicate that the baby is receiving only an inadequate portion of breast milk.
If the green color of the stool cannot be attributed to the nutrition of the mother, too rapid, too immature intestinal activity can be the color cause. In rare cases, a medicinal herbal, medicinal treatment is advisable for a healthy digestion of the baby. This (including the giving of tea) should always be discussed with the midwife or the pediatrician.
If an infant receives the bottle instead of the breast, the bowel movement is more like peanut butter and doughy with a yellow to greenish brown color. The smell of stools is more intense than that of babies who only receive breast milk.
Medications that affect the nature of bowel movements
If a baby receives an additional iron supplement as a nutritional supplement, the diaper contents are often very dark. The almost green-black color is caused by the iron. If such a stool color occurs without the administration of iron preparations, the dark discoloration may also be blood. This should be clarified by a doctor.
Solid food = firmer bowel movements
Switching from mother or baby food to porridge and solid foods also affect bowel movements. Consistency and odor change significantly, especially when compared to a nursing chair. The stool is usually still pulpy but smells more severe, and the color is often darker.
Partly are still undigested food remnants, such as corn kernels, blueberry skins or tomato pieces in the chair. This is normal in many cases, suggesting that food has passed through the intestine too quickly, or that the intestine is not yet able to fully digest certain foods. Especially if a baby eats very much and hastily, this can happen.
Constipation, diarrhea, blood, and mucus
Waterlike, foul-smelling in yellowish, greenish or brown color, diarrhea often swells or splatters through the diaper. If diarrhea occurs very often in a short time (within a few hours) and they are also accompanied by vomiting, especially for babies and toddlers, there is the danger of dehydration/dehydration.
If your child is tired, pale, listless and the fontanelle is sunken, look for a doctor. If necessary, an infusion is necessary for adequate hydration. Even with mucus and Blutbeimengungen medical advice is to be sought. If diarrhea occurs without affecting the well-being of the baby, the pediatrician should still be asked if parents are unsure or if diarrhea lasts more than 2 to 3 days. This also applies to constipation.
Hard stool can also be very stressful for a baby. Too little fluid or food intolerance causes, for example, hard stool. With plum or pear juice the digestion can, of course, be promoted. The administration of teas and medicines should always be under the supervision of the doctor or midwife.
Since very hard chair can sometimes lead to injuries to the anus, is found in constipation now and then also blood in the diaper. Milk protein allergies and infections can also cause blood in the stool. Old black blood in the stool can also be partly due to a sore nipple when breastfeeding. This is safe for the baby. It should nevertheless be clarified by a doctor if this is the cause.
- The consistency of bowel movements depends heavily on the diet and developmental stages of the baby
- One to five times a day of bowel movements are normal, but from the 4th week of life the bowel movement in full-breasted children remains for a few days
- look for medical advice in case of uncertainties, mucus and blood congestion, persistent diarrhea and frequent constipation
- Give digestive drugs and teas only after consultation with a midwife or pediatrician