When starting the introduction of food the baby’s stool and bowel function will change, this is common to all babies . That’s because until then he was being fed only milk and suddenly needs to learn to digest solid foods.
So different changes can happen and parents and caregivers need to be careful to avoid problems such as constipation, dry stools and difficulty evacuating .
That’s why today we brought you important information about the baby’s feces after the introduction of food. That way you will know what is normal and what is the reason to take the pediatrician. Come on?
A very uncomfortable situation is that the stool becomes harder and more dry , causing even pain when evacuating. However, with the change in the consistency of the food this can end up happening, even more if the baby does not drink enough water.
Therefore, do not forget to always offer water and continue breastfeeding on demand (if applicable) even with the introduction of food.
If the baby is not accepting water try changing the type of cup/bottle. Offer preferably in a regular cup, but if it doesn’t work, try cups with a rigid spout or straw.
Pieces of food in baby’s feces
This is common for all babies, especially if he eats food in pieces, as in the BLW and BLISS methods .
Soon, when changing diapers you will start noticing bits of food. But be aware that this is normal and does not mean that the baby is not being able to digest or enjoy the nutrients in the food.
In babies fed by baby food this also happens , but as the food is already ingested in the consistency of porridge, it is imperceptible in the poop.
Little by little this changes and the stools become more and more similar to those of adults.
When starting the introduction of food, the baby’s poop starts to turn brown , which may vary according to the food ingested. It’s like the case of beetroot that turns the coconut red, giving a scare to parents who might think it’s blood in the stool.
But if the color is very different from the usual one, you must take the baby immediately to the pediatrician . Black, white, green or red stools may indicate an intestinal problem that should be evaluated by a professional. Look:
- Black stools: may indicate the presence of blood in the stool or may be a consequence of iron supplementation;
- White stools: may be a symptom of liver problems;
- Green stools: use of antibiotics can cause green stools or high consumption of foods with this color;
- Red stools: there may be blood in the stool from intestinal problems, constipation, hemorrhoids, anal fissures and other problems. But it can also happen due to the consumption of red foods such as beets.
Tips to help your baby
So, to maintain a healthy routine with easy and frequent bowel movements , we’ve prepared this list of basic tips for inexperienced moms:
- First, keep appointments with the pediatrician up to date to rule out further problems;
- Keep the water supply frequent ;
- Vary the food, always offering fruit , vegetables and vegetables containing fiber and help in the evacuation;
- Create an eating routine with well-defined meals, this helps the body to regulate itself;
- Avoid sweets and processed foods until 2 years of age.
Are you having trouble stool after introducing food? Share your experience with us in the comments.
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