Posts Tagged ‘poop’

Blue Poop and Other Surprises

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Blue poop and other surprisesLet’s talk poop.

When babies start solids—either whenever your mom starts bugging you to, or around 8 to 10 months if you’re starting baby led weaning—get ready for a fun surprise.

If you’ve been breastfeeding up until now, you have been enjoying fairly odorless diapers. Not always pleasant, but it’s nothing compared to what’s coming. Because after baby starts solids, you’re in for a real treat!

When baby starts solids, you’ll discover that poop comes in every color of the rainbow. And many different textures. This can be really alarming if you’re not expecting it, however. Many colors and textures are totally normal depending on what baby has eaten.

Here are a few discoveries I have made over the years.

Foods with more fiber than I ever thought possible: Carrots, corn, peas, tomato skins, raisins, bananas. These foods may appear in original form in your baby’s poop. Super fun if you are cloth diapering. I found tomato skins the most alarming, since they may look like blood at first glance. Carrots, corn, peas, raisins, and other bite-sized foods may appear unchanged. Bananas leave weird, black  strings. As your baby’s digestive system gets used to solids, the diapers won’t look as much like last night’s dinner plate.

Foods that make everything change color: Berries, carrots, spinach. The first time my kids discovered blueberries, they gorged themselves. My kids love every kind of berry. Blueberries won’t stain your cloth diapers, but they will create a hue of poop that will cause you to pause and take stock of all the blue crayons in the house. This is normal. Foods with a lot of pigment will turn your baby’s poop that color. The good news is that weird-colored poop is almost never an indication of a digestive problem; it’s just gross.

Also super fun: Hair. If you, your spouse, or other children have long hair, you’ll likely find yourself pulling a single, long hair out of baby’s butt at least once during a diaper change. I don’t know why or how any of my kids ate my hair, but it’s happened with all three around the crawling/mouthing stage. All you can do to prevent this is to sweep or vacuum frequently in areas where baby is crawling, or wear a ponytail/bun/topknot when you are in these areas. A single hair here and there won’t be a problem, but keep baby away from large amounts, such as after a home haircut or if you have pets with thick fur that shed.

Poop should generally be the consistency of hummus. It’s not always possible to ID a poop problem in a diapered baby since the specimen has often been jumped on, sat on and fallen on by the time you get to it. Poop should be soft, whatever color it is, and not watery or mucousy. Hard pellets are a sign of constipation. Diarrhea is always a sign of problems, but can usually be treated with breastfeeding as long as there are no other symptoms, like fever or vomiting, and it doesn’t last more than a day or so.

If the changes in your baby’s diaper alarm you, or if you want to be sure that any changes are food-related, keep a food diary as you feed baby that you can refer to after any alarming diapers. As always, consult your doctor or naturopath if you notice anything consistent that worries you or if baby is in pain or uncomfortable.

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three. She lives and writes in Oklahoma City.



My Newborn Won’t Poop!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

My newborn won't poop!Poop!

It’s what we moms love to talk about, and as a mom to a newborn boy it’s forever on my mind. My little guy is just barely seven weeks today, but for the first five weeks he rarely pooped. I stressed, I worried, I called my doctor. When the standard for healthy breastfed baby weight gain is to look at the output–two to three poops and four to five wet diapers a day–I wondered, what on earth do you do with a baby who does not poop?

Now I consider myself a pretty seasoned mom–I have five- and two-year-old boys, and I have seen just about all there is to see with infant and baby poop. It does not phase me when my sons go a few days between movements, but with an infant it’s different. You expect poop. It just happens. Except when it doesn’t.

Breastfed babies usually go a few times a day, but can wait up until a week sometimes. The truth is that no one really knows how often a breastfed baby goes. If your baby has not gone in ten days, then you should see a doctor to rule out bowel obstruction or any other problems. More often than not, your baby is probably using every single ounce and drop of your milk to grow at an astonishing rate. There is no poop because there is nothing to waste. It’s the perfect food in the perfect environment.

By the fourth day, at my pediatrician’s recommendation as he seemed to be grunting and gassing often, I used a lubed up Q-tip to help things along. A few hours later, success!

My other recommendations for our party poopers are:

  • Tummy time – Sometimes the pressure on their tiny bellies can help move things along.
  • Bicycles – Pump those sweet little legs to move things along for them. Also, this can help release some trapped gas.
  • Floor time – Give the babe some room to stretch out and move! A little floor time gives the tiny tyke a chance to exercise and relax enough to move things along.
  • Patience – Newborns are complex little creatures whose systems are just working out the kinks. Sometimes you just have to wait for them to figure themselves out.

Hopefully it will pass (See what I did there?) and we can all relax about newborn poop soon.

Pia Watzig is a stay at home mom to three boys in Portland Oregon. She loves daffodils, chocolate and chaos.


Adventures in Poop

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Adventures in Poop“Dad experienced his first projectile poop today…better him than me…about 3 feet…good work baby! Let’s see if we can beat that distance next time!”

That was an honest-to-goodness Facebook post from a new mom that I know. In the early excitement of have a newborn, sometimes you really need to share those funny – or gross – moments and see who might commiserate with you.

When you’re pregnant, they don’t really prepare you for the reality of diapering baby and all that entails. Once your baby arrives, you realize that there’s so much more to it than just changing a diaper. Color, consistency, frequency: You will analyze poop in ways you never imagined.

I still remember the day I heard my husband yelling for help from the nursery. Tara had managed to shoot poop into her closet across the room. She had a tendency to do this with every diaper change, quickly earning her the nickname “Sneaky P.”  I could have the diaper off for less than a second and she’d manage to pee all over the changing table.

Then there’s the dreaded blowout, also known as the Poopocolypse, Poosplosion, or Poomagedon. This is the poop that escapes the diaper and shoots straight up baby’s back, possibly up to their hairline. This is the poop that prompts statements like “So I missed a large part of the game dealing with a massive diaper blowout that necessitated a bath and laundry.”

So, what can you do to mitigate these disasters? When changing a diaper, there are a few ways to be prepared for what might be coming your way.

  • Lap pads. These are favorites of mine for baby shower gifts and I really wish I had known about them when my daughter was little. If they do pee, you just change the lap pad rather than the entire changing pad.

  • Put a clean diaper down first before removing the soiled one. That way, you’re ready to catch any surprises.

  • Open the diaper, but be ready to immediately close it up again. This is particularly helpful with surprise pee (babies tend to pee once they feel the fresh air down there) and projectile poo. Remember, baby boys are not the only ones that can shoot pee!

As far as blowouts go, here are a few tips for dealing with that.

  • Carry a change (or three) of clothes. I remember one day when Tara was very young and completely soiled her clothes. I changed her into my backup outfit and not 5 minutes later she soiled it all again. Thankfully, I was in a clothing store and was able to buy her a third outfit right off the rack. From that point one, I carried a small closet’s worth of clothes in the car.

  • Make sure the diaper is the right fit. A well-fitting diaper is key for reducing leaks.

  • Consider cloth. We had intended to cloth diaper from the start but did not really get into the swing of it until Tara was about 5 months old. Before that, we used disposables about half of the time. Every blowout she ever had was when she was wearing a disposable. Since then, we’ve had poop fill right up to the very edge of the back elastic of her cloth diapers but have never had it escape.

I haven’t met a mom yet that didn’t have her own hilarious stories about poop or blowouts. What about you? Do you have any fantastic tips to help keep the poo at bay?

Kate Cunha is a mostly stay-at-home mom of a 2.5 year old little girl. Since they are now potty training, she is currently dealing with an entire other world of poop.