Baby Poop Chart

 

What’s Normal and What’s Not?

 

Parents pay close attention to their newborn’s stool. Anything that seems unusual can cause a lot of anxiety. What is “normal” when it comes to stools? No single answer fits everyone. What’s normal for one baby may not be healthy for another.

Watch for sudden changes in your baby’s bowel habits. Remember, occasional changes are healthy, especially when a baby starts solid foods. Also, remember that when a baby first starts on an amino acid-based hypoallergenic formula like Neocate, it may take up to two-to three weeks for their gut to adjust.

Color, consistency, and frequency of bowel movements can differ. The type of food, either breast milk or formula, as well as the mother’s diet if the child is breastfeeding also matters. Below are some general guidelines to help you know what to expect.

BABY POOP COLOR CHART

BABY POOP WARNING SIGNS: WHEN SHOULD YOU CALL A DOCTOR?

BABY POOP WARNING SIGNS: WHEN SHOULD YOU CALL A DOCTOR?

Runny baby poop

At times, a newborn’s stools may be soft and slightly runny, making it difficult to tell if they have diarrhea. Look for a significant increase in frequency or extremely liquid bowel movements. If you see multiple loose or liquid stools a day, it could signal a milk allergy. Over half of children with cow milk allergy can have diarrhea, the most common digestive symptom. However, diarrhea has many possible causes and can cause dehydration, so call your doctor at the first sign of it.

Hard, pebble-like baby poop

Hard or dry stools that are difficult to pass may indicate constipation. While it is a less common sign than diarrhea, constipation can also signal cow milk allergy in infants.

Red or black baby poop

These can both indicate blood in the stool, a likely sign of cow milk allergy in infants. It results from inflammation in the gut. Red blood means the bleeding is in the lower end of the gut. Black color usually signals bleeding higher up, as from uncontrolled reflux. If you notice red or black in your baby’s diaper, call your doctor.

Mucus in baby poop

Mucus looks like what comes out of your nose and is sticky. A little is normal. But a lot of mucus in the diaper for an extended period can signal a food allergy. If this occurs, please contact your doctor.

Whiteish/Chalky baby poop

May be normal but could mean a lack of bile from the liver to digest food, which is not normal.

From Birth to School Age and Beyond

A full line of hypoallergenic products for patients with food allergy-related conditions to safely nourish from birth through school age. Every Neocate product is based on 100% free amino acids, the building blocks of protein that are least likely to cause an allergic reaction.

Talk to your healthcare provider to determine which Neocate products are right for you.

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