Knowing your Pees from Poos

If you want a snapshot of your baby’s health, their nappy might be the quickest way to get it!

Poo

Colour

Let’s start with your baby’s first poo. If your baby has been passing out sticky greenish stool, do not call an exorcist. The first stool or meconium is supposed to look like that.

When you start breastfeeding them, the stool will change to mustard and have a runny texture. Formula-fed babies, on the other hand, will have darker brown poo that is more firm.

Changing between breast milk and formula feeding can also have an effect on your baby’s poos.

Frequency

When fed on breast milk, some babies can go for up to a week without filling their nappies. Others might go as frequently as after every meal. Both scenarios are completely okay. If your baby has been crying during poo, then you might want to check the texture of their stool. Soft poo means they are not constipated and there is nothing to worry about.

A harder poo might mean they are constipated. If your little one breastfeeds, then eat some prunes yourself.  Prunes cross the breast milk and will assist with helping your baby go.  If you are at all concerned, visit your health care professional.

Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea can be stressful both for your baby and for you! The following tips will help keep your baby recover from it faster:

  • Oral rehydration fluids can be a good idea if the texture of the poo is too watery.
  • Do not replace milk with the fluid. Instead, consider the fluid as extra. You can give a few mils at a time in a syringe.
  • Wash hands and avoid sharing the same towels to keep the infection from spreading.
  • Adult medicines that give relief from vomiting and diarrhoea are not meant to be given to babies.
  • No swimming for your baby for at least two weeks after they have had diarrhoea.
  • Wait for the diarrhoea to stop before you let your child play with other children.

Pee

Initially, you want to see about 6 wet nappies a day. Any less may be a sign of dehydration.

Handy tip: If you are worried your baby is dehydrated, press your finger against the skin on their chest. It will go white underneath your finger.  You will see this when you take your finger off. Once your finger is off, it should return to normal colour. The longer it takes to return to normal colour the more dehydrated your baby is.

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