Are you tensed because suddenly you noticed green baby poop green rather than usual yellow? If yes, I can already guess that you must be associating some of your little munchkin’s behavior or activity with this green color.
Don’t worry mama!
In today’s post, I would be listing down exactly what causes this change in baby’s stool color to green ,whether it is normal or not and when it should be a concern for you.
Check out below different types of baby’s poop shades (Green), their cause and what to do in each case.
1. GREENISH BLACK (VISCOUS AND STICKY)
This type of baby’s poop looks just like tar and is passed by baby in the first 48 hours after birth. It is called meconium and contains residue of whatever your baby had while in your womb. The color resembles that of dark green olives and is completely odorless.
WHAT TO DO–
It is absolutely normal for babies to pass this type of poop and it will automatically subside in first few days. If it continues even after around 3 days, you must seek professional advise.
2. DARK GREEN (THICK)
Iron supplements/ Iron fortified formula are mainly the cause for dark green colored stools and is due to the reaction between iron and the bacteria present in the baby’s gut.
WHAT TO DO-
This is nothing to worry till the time baby is given iron in limited quantities. Oversupply of iron can cause stools to darken further along with constipation in which case, you should consult a doctor.
3. GREENISH BROWN (THICK AND FOUL SMELLING)
This type of baby poop is normally related to either mother (in the case of breastfed babies) or babies eating green colored solids. Another reason for greenish brown poop could be weaning. When your baby switches his food from milk to solids, it takes time for her digestive system to adopt to this change, hence the color.
WHAT TO DO-
Again nothing to worry in this case and this color will change to usual brown/ yellowish color in few days.
4. BRIGHT GREEN ( FOAMY)
Breastfed babies could experience sometimes bright green stools and this is because of an imbalance between foremilk and hindmilk . Foremilk is the initial milk supply from the breasts when baby starts feeding. This milk has less fat and resembles skim milk . As feeding progresses, breastmilk consistency thickens and with time fat content of milk increases. This milk which is richer in fat is sometimes called hindmilk.
If a baby during breastfeeding session receives more of foremilk and less hindmilk, either because of early switching of breasts or baby feeling full early, it could cause what Is called foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. This may lead to gassiness and watery, foamy bright green stools.
WHAT TO DO-
Don’t switch your breasts until each side is empty This way, it ensures that baby receives both foremilk and hindmilk in balance quantity.
5. GREEN(WATERY, RUNNY OR MUCUS)
If the stools are watery or contains mucus, chances are that either your baby is fighting diahorrea or there is any sort of infection in your baby’s stomach. Sensitivity or intolerance to a particular food item could also result in mucusy green baby stools. If this is the case, baby may also develop eczema, rashes along with vomiting and breathing issues.
WHAT TO DO-
You should immediately seek medical advice if your baby has any infection. Also ensure that you keep on breastfeeding your baby . This is because your breastmilk provides antibodies to your little one’s body which are required by her to recover.
Some other causes of green baby poop could be –
- Phototherapy used to treat jaundice in newborn babies
- Babies swallowing their own saliva when they drool excessively like teething
Above reasons require nothing to worry and such green tint in your baby’s poop is temporary and will get back to usual tone on its own.
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Take care of you and your little baby.