The baby's first stool is called meconium which appears thick, sticky, and greenish-black in color which gradually turns into yellow in the following days. Change in the texture of stool in which it becomes hard indicates that the baby is lacking fluid intake. If there are increased bowel movements, it is a sign of diarrhea. It is essential to consult a doctor if the baby's stool appears maroon, white, and black.
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Is it bad if my baby does not pass stool every day?
Query: Hi doctor, My 7 months old baby has loose motions once every ten days. Why is he like that? Does he have any problem? Please help me. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is normal for children below six months to pass stools ten to twenty times a day or once in two to three days. Both are fine and are not labeled as constipation or diarrhea. No treatment is required in such cases. Treatment is only required when there is documented f... Read Full »
My 9-day-old baby has loose motions and Enterogermina suspension is not making a difference. Please help.
Query: Hello doctorMy baby is nine days old. He is having loose motion, and his stool is thin. I have given him Enterogermina suspension once but he has got loose motion six times in seven hours. Should I give him milk or not and what to do in such a condition? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like this is your first child. Normally children below the age of six months pass stools up to 10 to 15 times a day or once in two days. Kindly do not mention these as loose motions. It is a normal phenomenon and will not go away with any medicines. All you ne... Read Full »
My breastfeeding infant gets blood in his stools when I consume cow milk products, so my doctor asked me to be on a strict cow milk-free diet. How long should I continue it?
Query: Hello doctor, I have an infant who is below six months old, 7.3 kilograms, and 66 centimeters long. He is exclusively breastfeeding. Two weeks before he had his second dose of the DTaP+polio vaccine and second dose of the rotavirus vaccine. Four days after the vaccination he had blood in his stools.... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I hope the baby is active and playful. As you have said, this could be cow's milk protein intolerance (CMPI). I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below: You should exclude cow milk and other milk products from your diet. ... Read Full »
My 3-year-old grandson has had a constipation problem since he was six months old and can pass stools only after taking medications. What should be done?
Query: Hello doctor, My grandson is 3-year-old. He had a constipation problem since he was six months old. He used to pass stool irregularly and sometimes it is after four days or even seven days. When he feels that stool is coming, he sits to pass it out but he will not get success even after trying to pu... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. Please continue the same medications as advised. You should avoid giving the powder by mixing it with dal or vegetables because the dose will not be accurate. The side effects if any are insignificant as compared to the benefits. I suggest ... Read Full »
My 2-month-old son is irritable during breastfeeding and has decreased frequency of passing stools. What could be the reason?
Query: Hello doctor, My son is around two months old and irritable during breastfeeding. The stool is yellow and frothy but decreased in frequency since birth; it comes once every two to three days. His abdomen is distended and passes a lot of gas with a very bad odor, and he seems in pain when passing the... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Newborn babies pass motion every two to five days and can go up to one week. If you are feeding well, then there is no need to worry. However, the abdomen will look full, and the gas will be smelly. But, again, there is no need to be conce... Read Full »
My 12-week-old baby poops dark green stools. Is it because of feeding lactose-free formula?
Query: Hi doctor, I want to ask about my baby. She is twelve weeks old now. The baby is fed with Lactose-free formula, and her stools are dark green or greenish-tan. Sometimes can see yellow color mixed with green. Sometimes her stools are soft, and sometimes it is harder. She poops once or twice a day. Sh... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, my advice to all mothers is that the baby should be fed mother's milk and not a formula. Even if you give formula against the best advice, you provide it with a spoon and not a bottle with a nipple. Yes, the poop can be green. Take care. Read Full »
Can I use organic product for my newborn to ease constipation?
Query: Hi doctor,My 1-month-old baby started passing quarter-sized stools with hard consistency. I could not see any improvement after giving water. So can I give organic product to ease the constipation? Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Do not use organic products for newborns. Instead, I would recommend increasing the quantity of water in the formula feeds. Based on the stool consistency, we usually add 30 ml of water per scoop, and you can add 35 ml or increase it up to 40 ml per scoop. Then, if the brea... Read Full »
How to manage my 18-month-old child passing stool with blood often?
Query: Hi doctor, My child is 18 months old with a weight of 10 kilograms. He passed stool after 3 to 4 days and it was not too hard. He was not willing to eat and so we did a little bit of forced feeding. He is a very active child. Twenty days back, he passed stool after three days. I saw a bloodstain on... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems like dysentery. He needs to take a course of antibiotics for seven to ten days. Please mention whether he has a previous history of constipation. Please mention whether he has any perianal rash or any trauma in the anal region. It often occurs in constipation. ... Read Full »
Should I give my newborn Enterogermina?
Query: Hello doctor, My baby was born prematurely at 34 weeks. He went through phototherapy for jaundice treatment in his first week of birth for three days. He had lost weight after four days of his birth. Born weight 2 kg. He is one month old and has gained up to 3.30 kg when I last checked before six d... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please note that it is normal for children below six months to pass stools 10 to 20 times a day or once in two to three days. Both are fine and are not labeled as constipation or diarrhea. Therefore, no treatment is required in such cases. Treatment is only required whe... Read Full »
Why does my 1-month-old baby scream throughout the night as if her belly hurts?
Query: Hi doctor,My one-month-old daughter usually eats around the clock but still has a lot of gas. The past several days, she eats only 0.5 to 1 or 2 ounces at a time while she was typically eating 3 to 3.5 ounces of formula. She rarely poops, and if she usually has diarrhea around 1 to 2 am. She also st... Read Full »
Dr. Manu Chandarashekhara Bharadwaj
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I will presume you had absolutely no other alternative than to start formula feeds for your baby. Babies having reduced stool frequency, passing loose watery stools, excessive crying at night can all be because of the formula feed. Generally, babies tolerate Similac... Read Full »