6 Warning Signs In Your Baby's Diaper That Indicate He's Not Healthy!
6 mins read
Health & Safety for New Born, Baby, Toddlers
Your little bundle of joy has come into the world all fit and fine, and gosh, he really is gorgeous! But along with him came some other, erm, bundles...We're talking about all the poop and pee that comes out into your baby's diapers several times in a day, every day! While cleaning your baby and cleaning all the mess in the house is a daunting task for every mother, your baby's poop and pee in the diapers is actually your friend. It can give you the earliest warning signals if anything is wrong with your baby's health.
Your baby's pee and poop is a great indicator of his overall health, especially in the early years. Since his digestive system is still developing, it is also the first to be affected in case your baby is down with an infection, allergy, or any other illness. This is why checking your baby's diapers is a terrific way to guarantee that he's doing good.
We have consolidated for you the warning signs that you must check while changing your baby's diapers. This will help you be rest assured that your little darling is hale and hearty. If you spot anything that doesn't seem right, consult your paediatrician.
Signs of Abnormal Baby Poop
We have consolidated for you the warning signs of abnormal baby poop that you must check while changing your baby's diapers. This will help you rest assured that your little darling is hale and hearty. If you spot anything that doesn't seem right, consult your paediatrician..
Colour Of The Poop
One of the first signs of your baby's health is the colour of his poop. Yes, all those moms and dads who discuss their baby's poop colour (even over dinner conversations!) have a valid reason to be worried. As a rule, breastfed babies have yellow or slightly green poop while formula-fed babies have brownish poop ranging from tan-brown & yellow-brown to green-brown. While certain variations are okay due to changes in the diet of the mother or dietary changes for the baby, some poop colours are alarming and cause for concern. Contact your doctor immediately if you spot the following poop colours in the diaper: whitish, blood red, and thick black. They indicate a stomach infection.
The consistency of the poop also says a lot about your baby’s health – Breastfed babies have curdy/mushy or seedy poop while formula fed babies have poop with pudding like consistency. Too runny or watery poop can be indicative of diarrhoea which could be a sign of an infection or allergy. In such cases, the poop tends to seep out of the diaper. If the diarrhoea continues for more than a day or fills more than a couple of diapers, contact the doctor for guidance.
If the poop is hard and/or looks like little pebbles, your baby could be constipated. While this may be normal when your baby is being introduced to solids, three or more diapers with this kind of poop need a doctor's intervention. Sometimes, such poop can even have blood traces from irritation of the anus.
Also see the doctor if there is mucus in the poop. This could be a sign of allergy or infection and needs attention.
Poop Odour or Smell
With poop comes a lot of nasty odour. This is natural; poop is sure to be smelly. However, certain odours can be signs of unhealthy poop. As a rule, the poop of formula fed babies is smellier than the poop of breastfed babies. However, if your baby's poop suddenly seems smellier than usual, or the smell seems different and very foul, then it could be a sign of allergy to certain kinds of foods. You should consult the doctor to get this checked. ||
Number of Times Diaper is Soiled
In the early days after a child's birth, the stool frequency is usually higher. But as your baby settles down, it will decrease. Some babies may poop every 3-4 hours whereas some may even poop only once a day. In breastfed babies, as time goes by, there is a sudden drop in the frequency of stools. This is absolutely normal. It happens because breastmilk has all the nutrients necessary and most of them are absorbed by the baby, leaving very little to be excreted. However, if you suspect that your baby's diapers are not getting soiled at all, or very few times in the course of a week, it could signal constipation.
Along with poop, your baby's pee is also a good indicator of his overall health. On the first day of your baby's life, do not be alarmed if his pee is dark orange or reddish. This is normal. At this stage, your baby may pee just once a day. As the days go by, the colour starts getting lighter, going from a dark reddish colour to pale yellow at around 4-6 months. The frequency of urine also increases because your baby's feeds increase.
By the time your baby is six months old, you should expect about 4-5 wet diapers. If the frequency of your baby's urine is very low, or of the amount is too little, it could signal dehydration.
Bum Skin and Diaper Area
When you inspect the diaper area, also check your baby's bum fbabor patches of dry skin. If you can see such patches, it can indicate a lack of hydration. This is a common problem with babies in winters and as the season changes. Keep the area well-moisturised with a gentle baby lotion/oil. Make sure your little one is kept cool in hot weather and clothing is appropriate to the climatic changes.
Your baby's diaper area must also be inspected carefully for signs of rashes or redness. Some babies develop a rash due to prolonged exposure to soiled diapers, increased humidity, or a stomach infection. If you notice that your baby is cranky and has reddish bumps on his diaper area, try and figure out if the source could be one of these. Make sure to keep his diaper area cool and dry as much as possible and use a barrier cream to protect against further rashes.