Know the Details: Baby Poop Colour Chart
As a new parent, one of the most important things you learn is how to interpret your baby's poop. Different shades of brown can tell you a lot about your little one's health. But what about other colors?
Is it green or black? Is it thick or watery? But what if your baby's poop is a different color? We are here to help you understand your little one’s health through their poop colors, let’s get into the baby poop chart now!
Get to Know Colours
Your baby is having a strange colored poop and you are worried and not sure what to make of it? Don’t worry, you are not alone and fortunately, there is a handy baby poop color chart to help you out below.
We summed up all the colors on the infant poop chart and the consistency of your little one’s poop to summarize below:
- Black: The first stool of a newborn is most likely to be dark and tar-like in color. Meconium is what this is, and it has mucus, skin cells, and amniotic fluid in it. Black stools should disappear after a few days.
- Yellow: After the meconium has passed, a newborn's stool might be a bright yellow. Additionally, breastfed or chestfed infants are most likely to have this color of stool.
- Bright yellow: Bright yellow poop is typical in breastfed or chestfed (and occasionally formula-fed) infants. However, diarrhea might be the cause of bright yellow, incredibly runny poop that occurs more frequently than usual. Dehydration is a possibility that is heightened by diarrhea. You can use leakproof diapers for times your baby has diarrhea.
- Orange: Orange-colored stools are most likely a sign that a baby has eaten a lot of foods with an orange color, such as carrots or apricots, for those who have started eating solid foods. In addition, orange stool may be worth checking as a sign of digestive issues if it is accompanied by other symptoms.
- Red: Dark red foods and beverages, such as tomato juice or beets, can occasionally cause your baby's poop to turn red. A pediatrician should be consulted if your baby has red poop because it could also indicate that there is blood in their bowel movements as a result of an infection of the digestive tract, among other things. A milk allergy or an anal fissure can also cause red blood in a baby's poop. Red poop can also result from taking certain red-colored drugs like cefdinir or amoxicillin.
- Dark green: Babies who are beginning to eat green-colored solid foods, such as spinach and peas, are more likely to experience dark green poop. Your baby's poop turning green can also be brought on by iron supplements.
- Green, black, and thick indicate that your baby is eating healthy foods.
- White: White feces may be a sign that your baby's liver is not producing enough bile to support the proper digestion of food. Any time white poop is present, a pediatrician should be consulted.
- Gray: Gray-colored baby stools, like white poop, may indicate that your infant isn't properly digesting food. If your baby's poop is gray or has a chalky consistency, call your child's pediatrician.
- Watery poop is a sign that your baby is drinking enough fluids.
- If it is yellow, this could mean that they are not getting enough fat or protein.
If you are ever concerned about your baby's poop, be sure to talk to your doctor. They can help you figure out what is going on and how to fix it.