to the Bottom of Colorful Baby Poops
Parents of infants have been asking me some colorful questions about the color and frequency of their baby’s bowel movements. Well, let me see if I can flush out some information on this topic.
As it turns out, most babies produce colorful bowel movements during infancy and most of these colors are of little or no concern. For example, breastfed bowel movements tend to be bright, mustardy yellow and seedy in appearance, and formula-fed ones can be more brown to yellow-tan with hints of green and pasty in appearance.
So are there some colors we do worry about? Yes, but just a few.
If any of these three colors are seen or there are others that you are still concerned about, please talk to your baby’s doctor to see if a visit is warranted—but when you go, don’t forget to bring a sample of the bowel movement in a diaper with you.
Hopefully, tips like this will wipe up any concerns you have and make everything come out fine in the end when it comes to realizing that most colors of baby bowel movements are not a problem at all.
Lewis First, M.D., is chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. You can also catch "First with Kids" weekly on WOKO 98.9FM and WPTZ Channel 5, or visit the First with Kids video archives at www.FletcherAllen.org/firstwithkids.