Every baby is different and unique. That’s why, since he is born, it’s important to watch your child to get to know him and understand his needs, personality, interests, and even his poop color.

When we talk about feces, there are a variety of colors and textures, many of which fall into the category of normal. In this article, we’ll talk about the babies’ evacuations and what their color say about their health.

The expected colors of a baby’s stool are any earthly tonalities like yellow, green, or brown. A factor that influences the color of the evacuations is the way your baby is being fed. Usually, the poop of breastfeeding babies has a mustard color, a very soft consistency, and has little white bits that seem like seeds. On the other hand, the poop of babies that drink formula is harder, since they ingest less water. Often, the consistency is more like a paste and has a yellow or light brown color.

Also, there are times when your baby’s evacuations can be of other colors. White poop can be a symptom of a liver problem. While red poop may be the result of ingesting blood from the mother’s nipple, or that your baby swallowed blood during birth. Either way, it’s important to consult your pediatrician as soon as possible.

Furthermore, it’s normal for a newborn to evacuate a black matter on their first day of life. These are not feces, but a waste known as meconium. It is black and has no smell since this waste doesn’t contain any bacteria. However, if your baby’s poop keeps being black you have to consult your pediatrician. This color may mean that there is an accumulation of old blood. As time goes by and you feed your little one (either with breast milk or formula), his poop will change color to a dark green and then yellow color. However, always talk to your doctor first.

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The colors and textures that we’ve mentioned before refer to babies that are less than six months old or that haven’t started eating solids. Once your little one starts ingesting solid foods, the consistency of his feces will change depending on what he eats. Even so, it’s important to keep in mind the expected colors and those that require a doctor’s appointment. If your baby’s case is too specific or it doesn’t fall into any of the mentioned categories, always consult with your doctor. They will have more information about your specific case.

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Baby’s first bowel movements
The many colors of poop