Understanding Different Reasons Of Dirty Diapers

Along with the cooing, cuddling, cute smiles and crying; your little one also brings a not so cherished duty that is the diaper change. Babies can poop in a spectrum of colours and this is one of the most avid concerns of a newbie mom. A dirty diaper is a tell-a-tale of your baby’s overall health and therefore, we share with you a guideline to look out for the trouble signs.

Meconium Mysteries!
Amongst the earliest diaper discoveries is the first crazy poop and the likewise that follow. The content contains gooey, tarlike dark green poo which has no smell at all. This poop content has all skin cells, mucus, lanugo hairs that were on the menu when your baby swallowed along with amniotic fluid while being in the womb. This takes a few days to get out of the system and soon the tar-like poo will change into yellowy-green. 

Keeping a tab on the frequency of bowel movements helps predict overall health. Newborns can dirty from 6- 10 diapers a day or it is every time they feed. Phew!! 

The Normal Poop
It can be hard to describe the “normality” of a baby’s poop as it varies on the texture and colour. As the meconium is gone, the consistency and feel of the poop content may turn into a soft seedy yellowish paste-like substance. 

Breastfed babies have slightly runny mustard sauce type poo while the formula fed babies have a bit more firm tan or greenish, peanut butter appearance to their bowels. As long as the stool is soft and mushy without giving any discomfort to the baby, it should be considered normal.  As the child move towards solid foods, the poo firms up, it gets a brownish tinge and can be smelly. 

Sometimes the baby’s poop can be frothy or may contain mucus which may not much of a concern.  In case of discomfort, constipation, greyish-white, hard or bloody stools or diarrhoea, the doctor should be consulted. Pay attention to diaper details for a healthy upbringing of your little angel.

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