It Sounds Gross, but Start Observing Your Baby’s Poop
September 21, 2017
Okay, let’s be real: No one likes staring at a pile of poop. But unfortunately, when you have kids, the truth is you’re going to have some real poopy days. Days where you’re just surrounded by the stuff. And a lot of it, too.
Like, much more than you ever expected.
*sprays Febreze because the very mention of poop is bringing back memories*
Okay, anyway, while your natural inclination is to slap a clothes pin on that nose, grab some towels and baby wipes, clean it up, toss it away and do one of those memory-eraser things from Men in Black so you never have to think about that sight again, you might be better off stopping and smelling the roses (translation: poop) for a second.
Wait, did I read that right??
Sorry to say, you did.
Per a recent report, inspecting your baby’s diaper can be a “wealth of information” in providing key facts about your their health. Things such as color, frequency, odor and consistency, they’re all wrapped up – literally – in what’s in that diaper.
So before you toss, give it a looksee.
But what do I look for?
Believe it or not, there’s actually a lot. Much of it is outlined wonderfully in Mom Junction, but it can basically be narrowed down to the below:
1. Learn the basics of poop
2. Check the consistency
3. Know all there is to know about timing
4. Look to odor to determine its health
We know what you’re thinking: I’m an adult. I’ve been pooping for years! How hard can this be? Well, consider yourself warned, because it’s harder than you might imagine. But with the right amount of knowledge, you’ll be just fine.
What are some of the basics of poop?
The first thing you should know is that the first few weeks of a baby’s poop is based upon the mother’s eating habits during pregnancy and whether or whether not they decide to breastfeed. So when you look at their feces, try to remember what their mother had as well.
Here’s a rundown from Mom Junction:
“The breastfed infants consume varied range of proteins that depends upon the type of food ingested by the nursing mother.”
“The variety of food eaten by the mother also causes changes in the color of the poop.”
It’s also important when observing your child’s poop that you check out the consistency.
IMPORTANT: Don’t freak out if the consistency varies. Baby feces can look like anything from yogurt to thick peanut butter.
(Sorry, yogurt or peanut butter fans)
Lastly, be conscious of the time and odor. Again, the timing will vary depending on their feeding schedule, but after a few weeks you should be able to figure out how many times per day they’re going.
From Mom Junction:
“Formula fed babies poop once or two times a day and their timing usually becomes fixed after a few days.”
“From babies to toddlers and then further into kids, bowel movements become more steady and the timing almost stable.”
And finally… that odor. This is one of the most important ways to gauge healthy baby stool. Now, being an adult, we know you’ve grown accustomed to knowing what “normal” feces smells like. Because of that, use your judgment. If you seem to believe your child’s odor is unusual, consult your physician. It definitely won’t hurt.
…only your nose
So there you have it, folks. Um… enjoy?