[Pampers Special] Parenting Tip: Your Baby's Poo Tells A Story

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

This post is brought to you by Pampers Singapore

I guess when we talk about diapers, we will inevitably talk about what's ON the diaper, yes?

Apart from a kitchen fire, the next thing that can potentially set the whole house running about will probably be pooping. And when it comes to pooping, you can be sure we mummies will be there to scrutinize the poop like a private investigator, or at least I do.

Because your baby can't talk, but his poo can.

I'm gonna insert a jump break in this post just because I'd be posting loads of shitty pictures, literally. If you really can't take that much poo, or you're reading this space while eating.... this is one considerate act from my end, lol.

If you're ready for some poo action, click on and we will begin!

I've compiled a few common poops and some common abnormal poops.

Black Poop

Black poop is very common if your baby is between 2-4 DAYS old because he is passing out meconium, which is essentially amniotic fluid and some other waste products that the baby had been injesting while in the womb.

However, if your baby is no longer a newborn BUT is passing out black poop, it is definitely a cause for concern because it may signify bleeding!

(Why am I smelling poop as I'm typing this?)

You will also realize that there is a distinctive difference as to how the poo look like for breastfed and milk powder fed babies. Generally, milk powder fed babies will pass more motion as compared to their counterpart, simply because breastmilk is so awesome, everything gets digested completely, leaving nothing to be passed out. #truestory

If you look at the contipated poo closely, you will realize that some of them can be as hard as a rock, or perhaps slightly softer, like a ball of Play Doh.

Dylan suffered from constipation when he just came back from Indonesia. It's probably the weather, or the food, or he is simply not used to the environment, but little boy didn't poop at all for the entire four days we were there!

If the constipation is just a once or twice, then I guess there's nothing to be worried about. What's worrying is the prolonged constipation or when you see blood with the poo. Ah, then it's time to call for a doc!

Poo with mucus is also quite common. Dylan gets that when he is having an episode of runny nose. It is also possible to have slimy poo even when the child is healthy; my holy grail Babycenter says that it is also likely from his saliva - happens when he is exceptionally drooly.

Uh.... I think it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that bloody poo IS AN ALARM RINGING and yes! Please take your child to the doctor!

Depending on the type of poo, it tells different stories. For example, the bloody poo above is accompanied by normal poo. This indicates milk protein allergy. Maybe lactose intolerant?

If the bloody poo shows up with diarrhoea, it means that there is an infection going on in the little body.

Of course, if it is constipated rocks of poo, it is because your poor child has been squeezing so hard, it tore some of the delicate tissues around the anus.

When black blood appears in a baby's diaper – usually in little flecks that look like black poppy or sesame seeds – it's often because the baby is breastfed and swallowing blood from Mom's cracked and bleeding nipples. While this is a sign that you need some pain relief, it doesn't pose a threat to your baby. Still, you should call the doctor to make sure it's not something more serious, like bleeding from your baby's intestines. [Quoted from Babycenter]

A baby's poo really comes in an array of different colours. Apart from whatever you've seen above, you've got poo that is green; which can indicate rotovirus infection, Yellow-brown (& it is loose & watery, accompanied with stomach cramps); which may indicate irritable bowel syndrome, Chalk-white or light gray; which may indicate blocked bile ducts, celiac disease or a mild gluten intolerance.


I hope this short entry today can give you an insight (literally) to a baby's poo-world. Please feel free to add on any other poo you've seen or heard before, if you have any, under the comments section!

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