It’s normal for moms to become obsessed with contents in the baby’s diaper. But new moms are usually faced with challenges and they are often not aware of what they should expect. But if you’re here, there’s no need to worry. From my own experience, this article provides seven things that you will encounter while changing the baby’s diaper and possible solutions in case of problems.
The First Poop: Meconium
It is usually the most important one for moms. You are just getting started with changing diapers and you’re keen to know the contents of the stool. The first poop, also known as meconium, normally has a greenish/blackish color. It’s a sticky and tarry poop that’s composed of mucus, amniotic fluid, water, and skin cells. It doesn’t have a smell and anything with a smell should send a warning. In case of this, consult with the pediatrician.
I noticed that my baby’s stool continually changed each day. The day 3 or 4 poop was very different from day 1. Additionally, the stool became less sticky. For new moms who are still exploring motherhood, anything more than that means that there is a problem e.g. a sticky and black stool means that the baby has a digestive issue and you should consult with your health caregiver.
Types of Poop
Babies produce different types of poops depending on their health and what you feed them. A light stool is expected during the first few months but this should continually change as they grow. While my obsession with the contents of diapers reduced as they grew older, I still had a keen eye.
Types of stool that you should watch out for are:
- Loose stools or diarrhea- could be a sign of an allergic reaction, overfeeding, or teething. If it goes on for more than a day, then call your pediatrician.
- Blood in stool- it’s a common problem especially if they are breastfeeding on cracked nipples. A few blood flecks are normal but anything more than that needs professional medical attention.
- A stool with mucus that happens occasionally should be a big deal. But if the poop has large amounts of mucus and it happens frequently, the baby has a gastrointestinal infection and they need medical attention.
- Foamy poop is mostly a sign of the baby consuming excess foremilk and inadequate hindmilk. This is very easy to solve. Simply ensure that they feed on one breast only until they’re full.
The Poop Frequency
For starters, newborns usually poop a lot during the first couple of weeks. I can’t count the number of times that I changed diapers in the first week. Apparently, this is normal. You are going to change diapers not less than five times daily because they are going to poop after every breastfeeding session. Additionally, the stool should be reasonably soft. Anything that’s hard or dry means that the baby is constipated. Stomach massages can help to treat constipation. A warm bath is also good. If they are feeding on solid food, ensure that it’s rich in fiber. Note that the poop frequency usually goes down gradually as they get older. You should only get worried and seek medical assistance if it’s sudden or you notice that your child is uncomfortable while pooping.
You will notice that the baby produces different types of fecal matter depending on what you feed them. For new moms, poop from healthy breast milk should have a slightly green or yellow color. Additionally, it should have a creamy or mushy consistency. Some babies may end up producing stool with different hues but there’s no need to worry if they aren’t any symptoms of sickness. A low-calorie breastfeeding poop is frothy and has a bright green color. This could mean that the baby is getting large amounts of fore-milk and less of hind-milk. To solve this, every new breastfeeding session should begin with the last breast that the baby suckled. Babies who are fed formula usually excrete stool with a color brown spectrum while those who eat iron-fortified food produce dark green or black poop. However, if the poop is black and they’re not taking an iron -supplement, then you need to seek medical assistance.
“Explosive” Baby Poop
The term “explosive” sounds too harsh, right? Well, this is something that happens. I keep on telling new moms that haven’t officially experienced motherhood until they deal with a couple of diaper blowouts. I mean, you may find that the baby has painted their cot with poop. Note that the texture and form of newborn poop is a smooth liquid. This means that no effort is required during the excretion process and it doesn’t take any power to propel the stool. As long as the color is normal, then there’s no need to worry.
Poop With Pieces Of Partially Digested Food
In multiple occasions, I noticed that my baby’s poop contained identifiable pieces of food. This is a normal encounter and the poop may be tinged with rainbow hues. It could be as a result of a faster digestion process. The food quickly passes along the digestive tract before it can be completely broken down. Besides that, it could mean that the baby doesn’t chew food completely before they swallow, or they have eaten one type of food for long. However, this incidence should happen only occasionally. But if this goes on consistently, then there is an apparent digestive problem. After I noticed my baby was consistently pooping partially digested food, I took them to the pediatrician who prescribed medication to improve their digestive health.