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has anyone seen a foamy texture poop? Is it normal?

Posted by on Jun. 29, 2013 at 2:13 AM
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My daughter is 2 months old and was having 1 or 2 dirty diapers a day and they looked normal she went 3 days with only wet diapers and was extra fussy my grandma dipped her binki in syrup a few times and she finally pooped and stopped crying but the texture of her poop was foamy it worried me but it was 2am and i was just glad she finally felt better i just assumed maybe the syrup made her poop look weird. so today (2 days later) she pooped again and again it had a foamy texture. She acts normal eats, sleeps, pees everything else seems perfectly normal. What could make her poop foamy and how often should she poop?

by on Jun. 29, 2013 at 2:13 AM
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gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Jun. 29, 2013 at 2:16 AM

There is no "how often" at this stage of life. As long as it's not hard you're fine with any frequency. Foamy isn't unusual.

Feb 23, 2010
Color of the Day: Solving Bowel Movement Mysteries

There is a wide variety of color and consistency of bowel movements.  In my glamorous job as a pediatrician, I discuss this hot topic every day.

We shouldn’t be any more surprised to see a variety of bowel movements in our babies than we would in anyone of any other age.  In breastfed babies, the mom’s diet can affect the color or consistency of a baby’s stools, particularly if the baby is showing an allergic reaction to a certain food or food group.

Greenish or Yellow/Brown, grainy or seedy
This is the transition between meconium and a regular breastfed stool and begins as mom’s milk is coming in on the second, third or fourth day of life.  There may be three stools each day, ten, or even twenty.  Occasionally, even a baby in the first week of life will skip a day and have no bowel movements at all.  Call your doctor to discuss this even though it is normal.  This does not require a dietary change or supplementation of a breastfed baby.

 

Frequent Watery Stool often “Greener” than usual
How can you spot diarrhea in a baby who has loose frequent stools every day?  This type of poop is “diarrhea” in a breastfed baby.  It can be due to a virus, a bowel infection, stress, anxiety or a food intolerance.

Black stools often accompanied by constipation
This is the result of iron supplementation. Iron fortified infant foods and infant vitamins can cause constipation. A healthy breastfed baby does not need iron supplementation. The iron in breastmilk is much more bioavailable than any other form.

Green, frothy stools
This can be a result of a hindmilk/foremilk imbalance. A true imbalance is rare. It is often seen accompanying a forceful letdown. Lactation consultants will help moms find a nursing pattern which works to combat this problem.  If letdown it too forceful in the early weeks, the solution can be to allow milk to leak into a cloth diaper during letdown, then latch baby back on.  Feeding two to three times off the same side may also show improvement. Caution should be used with same side feeding as it can decrease supply.

Another cause of malabsorption in the intestines can be teething. The profuse saliva of a teething baby can cause irritation in the intestines interfering with proper absorption.  When babies teethe, we can see lots of drooling.  Large quantities of saliva is swallowed which can irritate the intestines causing runny, acidic stools. This can also cause a rash in the diaper area.

In summary, stools in breastfeeding babies are predictably green, brown, yellow or orange.  It is runny and has curds almost every time.  It changes color with viruses, may have a small amount of blood (call your doc) and may come once a day and even taper off to once a week or more after a few weeks of age.  Formula feeding babies may show a little trickier set of changes involving constipation and diarrhea.  This is just one small reason to strongly recommend and support breastfeeding your baby.


gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Jun. 29, 2013 at 2:17 AM

Any drool, gnawing of hands?

emmasmom2013
by on Jun. 29, 2013 at 2:21 AM

She sucks on her hands when shes hungry or tired and she drools but not very often.

asaffell
by on Jun. 29, 2013 at 2:34 AM

Also, avoid the Caro syrup - it can cause botulism!

emmasmom2013
by on Jun. 30, 2013 at 4:15 AM

It was regular syurp like the kind you use for pancakes is that caro syrup? 

gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Jun. 30, 2013 at 4:33 AM

No, pancake syrup is not Karo. But either way, not really a way you want to go.

emmasmom2013
by on Jun. 30, 2013 at 5:31 AM

Okay good I freaked a little when I read that and it was a one time thing it was 2am and she was screaming in pain.

mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Jun. 30, 2013 at 9:56 AM
By 9-12 weeks each of my 4 breastfed babies pooped once every 3-10 days. I've known other breastfed babies that pooped 4 times a day until they weaned at 2. There's a wide range of "normal".

Regular pancake syrup wouldn't have made the baby poop. The old fashioned remedy for constipation is Karo syrup, which as mentioned can give babies botulism, and *constipation* is hard, dark stools, which you're baby isn't even experiencing. Log Cabin syrup is nothing but high fructose corn syrup and I'd be livid if someone gave it to my ebf baby.

Baby poop can be shockingly weird and it usually means nothing.
itann
by on Jun. 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM
My son have them. What do they indicate?


Quoting gdiamante:

Any drool, gnawing of hands?


gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Jun. 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM
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Teething. And it's never too early for that.

Quoting itann:

My son have them. What do they indicate?


Quoting gdiamante:

Any drool, gnawing of hands?



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