Toddlers are totally dependant on how you take care of them. This includes having a look at their poop to observe any unusual changes.
The color and consistency can tell you a lot about the toddler’s health. You may often feel stressed if this happens too often.
Toddler’s Poop Color
Poop is formed when the food breaks down to combine with bacteria, intestine cells, and bile. Bile is what causes the poop color to change.
The liver excretes bile which is dumped into the intestines. Newborns are dependent on breastfeed and their intestines are initially sterile.
Bacteria starts to accumulate in the intestines after initial weeks and the poop color then depends on what mother eats as she breastfeeds.
Black Toddler Poop – This can indicate blood or ulcers in the poop. It needs to get checked by a doctor without delay.
Red Toddler Poop – This can be completely normal if you have eaten beets or something red colored. Other causes of concern can be blood or ulcers in the stool.
White Toddler Poop – This can indicate a problem with the gallbladder. Also, it can be either alcoholic stool or a blockage is making it happen. Whatever the reason, you should get it checked.
Green Toddler Poop – Green stool is mostly common if it happens alone. Diarrhea and fever can accompany to make your toddler sick. Any abeupt changes should be checked by a doctor.
Brown Toddler Poop – This is the normal colored poop and there is no need to worry even if poop is yellow or tan colored.
Toddler’s Poop’s Consistency
The variation in poop color and consistency indicates what he is getting in the diet or underlying problem. You may find it seedy, curdy, or mushier with changes every other day. Poop that is too hard indicates your baby is constipated and needs more fluid.
Overly Hard stool can make your toddler suffer from pain. You should look for ways to ease his trouble pooping. A D3 cycle means delay because of dread and discomfort using the bathroom. This can make your toddler delay pooping making it harder to pass.
Another reason is an allergy to any food such as milk, nuts, and fruits. Eliminating those foods from your diet can solve the problem.
Runny stool is mostly caused by diarrhea while other reasons are teething, allergies, lactose intolerance, and bad ear infections. You should see a doctor if your child has had diarrhea for more than 3 days. This may cause dehydration and weakness.
How Frequently Does your Toddler Poop?
Pooping schedule can be different for each toddler. It is good to get your toddler checked if he does not poop less every other day. As long as poop is passed steadily, it is normal.
Poop that is moving too quickly indicates that the body is not absorbing nutrition from food. Therefore, parents should look for what looks normal for their toddler.
The odor od poop can tell you about how long it stayed in the digestive tract. The frequency and odor related in this way which is why it is important to pass stool regularly. Sour smelling poop can indicate an allergy.
Toddlers will have varying poop colors and odor depending on what feed they are. So, be ready to experience it. However, any exceptionally foully or weird poop should not be ignored.
When to See a Doctor?
You know your toddler best than anybody else. It is good to get your toddler checked if you notice unusual changes in poop. Blood or mucus in stool can indicate a problem for which you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.