Baby Health

8 Signs That Tells If Your Baby’s Poo Is Healthy

Mamalettes do you know you can tell how healthy your baby is through your baby’s poo? Yes you can.

You can tell a lot about your baby’s health based on what is in his diapers, so watch out for what colour of poo your baby passes.

Your baby can poo a lot, depending on his diet, how well fed he is, babies who are breastfed generally have more and thinner stools than babies who are formula fed. But five to six stools per day is pretty normal.

Many parents become concerned when an infant’s bowel movements suddenly decrease. But particularly for breastfed babies, this is a common occurrence as a mother’s milk becomes more mature. The mother’s milk is so well balanced and the baby’s digestive processes are so good, there’s not a lot of waste for the baby to pass out.

First of all, you need to know that what’s normal for your baby will depend on how old she is, whether she’s breastfed or formula-fed or whether she has started taking solid food.

8 Signs That Tells If Your Baby's Poo Is Healthy

1. First baby poo

For the first two days after the birth, your baby will pass meconium. Meconium is greeny-black in colour, and has a sticky, tar-like texture. It is a greenish-black, tarry, sticky stool that looks like motor oil in your newborn’s nappy. Since meconium is made of amniotic fluid, mucus, skin cells, and other stuff ingested in the womb, it doesn’t really smell and it may be difficult to wipe off your baby’s tiny bottom, but its appearance is a good sign that her bowels are working normally.

2. Breastfed baby poo

Breastfed baby poop is considered normal when it is custard yellow, green or brown colour. Healthy breastfed poo will give off a sweet smell, and is seedy and pasty in nature

3. Healthy formula feed baby poo

This is typically a shade of brown or brown with a pasty consistency that is peanut butter like. It is also considered to be normal.

4. Partially digested food poo

Not all food can the baby’s system quickly digest, especially ones that travels quickly down the intestine and are not broken down completely. This can cause chunks of food to appear in your baby’s food, it can also change the colour of your baby’s poo.

Now the following are warning baby poo that tells you should watch out for:

5. Runny baby poo

A baby’s diarrhea poo will be green, yellow and brown and it will be runny.This can be an indication of an infection or his body’s reaction to something. If it goes on without you treating it, it can lead to dehydration. The first aid for diarrhea is to get an oral rehydration salt and mix it in warm water, then give it to him.

6 Hard pebble like poo

If your baby’s poo is hard and looks like small stones then he or she may be constipated. Babies can become constipated when they are just introduced to solids. This could a sign that he is sensitive to soy or milk, or lack of tolerance for the ingredients used in making a formula.

7. White baby poo

When your baby is passing out chalky white or gray poo, its a warning sign that your baby is having problems digesting food and his food is not properly digested.  A white coloured poo might also signify a lack of bile from the liver to help digest his food.

8. Muscus in baby poo

When you see slimy, green coloured smear with shiny strings in your baby’s poo, that means mucus is present in your baby’s poo. Muscus in a baby’s poo could be a sign of infection although this can also happen when your baby is drooling.

If your baby is passing any of number 5-8 poo, make sure you get him or her to the hospital so the doctor can diagnose what’s wrong.


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5 Tips That Could Save Your Baby’s Life

As a parent, keeping your baby or child safe should be your number 1 priority.

Knowing what to do to help prevent accidents from happening and how to react should it become a reality should be of upmost importance for parents.

Here are 5 tips that could save your baby’s life.

1. Take notice of suffocation hazards in the home

A baby can suffocate if something covers his or her mouth and nose, thus preventing breathing. Plastic/nylon bags is a main culprit.They may seem flimsy, but a nylon bag can easily suffocate a young baby or toddler. A thin film of plastic can kill a child by suffocating him/her.

Teach older children never to put them over their heads and do not allow little children to play with them.  Even very young babies can grab it and put it over their head, as they are so light.

2. Never leave your child alone in the bath or bathtub

Babies and young children should never be left alone in the bath, not even for a minute.  Also using a bath seat or support is no replacement for parental supervision. Even if a baby is secured in a bath seat, do not leave them even for a second as it could still fall over.

A child can drown in a matter of minutes and it happens quickly and silently. A baby can slip under the water without crying or screaming or splashing around.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the age of 4 before children are allowed to bathe alone.

3. Keep your baby alone from small objects to prevent choking

It’s a scary thing to see a choking child and it usually, happens when a baby or young child tries to swallow a piece of food or small object. Choking most frequently happens to babies between the ages of five and eighteen months.

Ensure that you keep all small objects out of reach of the baby who is at the hand-to-mouth stage of development. Safety pins should always be out of your baby’s reach and keep small toys or toys with small parts away from babies until they are old enough to handle them.  Parts broken off toys and games should be thrown away or be repaired. Also rid of small pieces of crayon.

Be alert for small objects that can cause choking, such as coins, buttons, beads, bits of torn plastic, seeds or broken balloons.  Make a habit or picking up these small items if they are lying around. Also note that toys are designed to be used by children within a certain age range.

4. Keep your baby away from electrical outlets

Electrical outlets can kill your child. There is something about an electrical outlet that attracts young children and this make electrical outlets extremely dangerous. If a child sticks wet fingers into an outlet, or even worse if a child sticks a piece of metal into an outlet, electrocution is a definite possibility. Electrocution frequently results in death and children die every year by electrocution.

5. Keep your child away from buckets

Do you know that buckets can kill small children? Children love water. When a child sees a bucket of water, it is an instant attraction. Unfortunately, toddlers are top heavy. If a toddler reaches into a bucket to touch the water, it is very easy for the child to fall right in headfirst and the child will never get back out.

Buckets are frequently used in Nigeria for bathing, fetching water, washing clothes and for household chores and pose a serious threat to babies and toddlers. Never leave a bucket of water in your house where small children can reach it. Even something as simple as answering the door or using the restroom can leave a window of time long enough to drown a child.

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