The proof is in the poop

Alright, new parents, let’s talk about the “p” word. No, not that one – we’re talking about poop! As gross as it may seem, it’s a big part of your life now, so let’s dive in. 

First off, let’s talk frequency. You’ll quickly learn that your baby’s pooping schedule is as unpredictable as a teenager’s sleep schedule. Sometimes they’ll poop a few times a day, and other times they’ll go several days without any signs of a bowel movement. It’s a guessing game, and unfortunately, you don’t get a prize for guessing correctly. 

Now, let’s talk about colour. Baby poo comes in a variety of colours, and some of them are downright alarming. From mustard yellow to forest green, it’s like a weird game of poo roulette. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, your baby’s digestive system will surprise you yet again. The colour changes in baby poo can be caused by a variety of factors, including their diet, medications or supplements they may be taking, and certain medical conditions. 

For example: 

– Breastfed baby poop can be yellow, mustard, or greenish in colour.

– Formula-fed baby poop may be tan or yellow, and thicker than breastfed baby poop.

– Introduction of solid foods can cause changes in colour and texture.

– Antibiotics or iron supplements can cause green or dark-coloured poop.

– Certain medical conditions, such as liver or digestive problems, can also cause changes in colour.

 Let’s not forget about texture. Some are smooth and seedy, while others are thick and pasty. And don’t get us started on the dreaded “poonami” – you know, the one where it’s not just in the nappy, but all over your baby’s clothes and up their back. It’s like a poop explosion, and it’s not for the faint of heart. 

But in all seriousness, paying attention to your baby’s bowel movements can give you important clues about their health. If you notice any major changes in frequency, colour, or texture, or if your baby seems uncomfortable during bowel movements, it’s important to talk to your paediatrician. So, while it may not be the most glamorous topic, keeping an eye on your baby’s poop is just one of the many joys of parenthood. 

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