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Decode your baby’s diaper

Decode your baby’s diaper

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Motherhood! With its joy come many responsibilities. Changing diapers is just one of them! You do it as quickly as possible to put a smile on her face again. But do you know, your baby’s diaper can tell you so much about the health of her tummy? Problems like diarrhoea and hard stools are common in babies and may cause discomfort.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Learn about stool types and colours and start decoding what’s going on in her tummy:

  • Yellow stools: If her stool looks mustard yellow and has a mild and sweet smell, all is well. This is the sign of a well breastfed baby. It may look a little seedy or pasty in texture
  • Dark green stools: If the stool looks dark green, it may be because of having iron supplements or green vegetables like peas, spinach or beans. Don’t worry, it’s completely normal
  • Pinkish-red baby stools: Your baby’s stool looks pinkish red because of beetroot or any other fruit in her diet. When your baby is unable to digest the given food, the undigested food passes out as pinkish-red stool. Keep your worries aside, it is completely normal
  • Watery, brown and loose stools: Your baby might pass watery and loose stools sometimes and it is normal. The stool may also be frothy and odorous. But if it continues for more than 2 days, she could be suffering from diarrhoea.

Dealing with diarrhoea

The word diarrhoea may scare you. Don’t be. Knowing about diarrhoea will help you manage it better. If you breastfeed your baby and she passes loose and paste like stool- keep calm, it is not diarrhoea. But, if your baby passes loose or watery/thin stool 3 or more times a day, then she might be suffering from diarrhoea.

Hard stools

The very opposite of diarrhoea! Hard stools trouble your baby by causing irritability, hard belly, loss of hunger and pain before passing poops.

What to feed to manage a troubled tummy

Your feed holds the key to your baby’s tummy. Breastfeed her exclusively for the first 6 months and introduce complementary foods after this period along with breastfeeding.

Include foods with fibre like porridge, stewed apple, pureed papaya etc. These will help her pass softer stools and ease her digestion.

Know when to consult your doctor

Poop troubles are not to be taken lightly. Consult your doctor if she:

  • Has blood or mucus in her poop
  • Has dark-coloured urine
  • Vomits
  • Shows irritability
  • Refuses to eat
  • Shows low levels of activity
  • Has fever

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