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Baby poo - what is normal? Green or slimy poo - what does it mean?

Baby poo

Fakta och råd om bebisbajs. Direkt av barnläkare. En bebis bajs väcker alltid frågor. Är grönt bajs ett tecken på sjukdom? Måste en bebis ha gult bajs? Kan ett spädbarn ha slemmigt bajs?  Här kan du lära dig allt du behöver veta om bebisbajs.

Baby poo in mother's stomach

Babies should preferably not poo while in utero. During pregnancy, the baby does not eat anything by mouth. A fetus makes almost no poo, the liver, on the other hand, forms bile that is secreted in the intestines. The amniotic fluid that the child drinks is absorbed into the blood via the intestine, but some skin residues and other things can interfere with the bile acid. The intestinal contents of a healthy fetus are dark green-black and tough and called meconium.

Some children force out this meconium during pregnancy. It is considered to be a sign that the baby is stressed and it is not healthy to be in his own meconium. Therefore, the midwife supervises children who released meconium in the amniotic fluid extra closely.

Poo in a newborn

När barnet är fött ska däremot mekoniumet komma ut. Nio av tio friska barn bajsar ut sitt mekonium första levnadsdygnet. Bajsar barnet inte ut sitt mekonium under första levnadsdygnet: berätta det för BB-personalen.


Stools in breastfed infants - yellow or green poop is normal

During the first month of life, full-term infants poo an average of 5 times per day, but that varies enormously, 95% of all infants poo between 5 and 40 times a week. Half of all children poo less than four times a day during the first month of life, half more. Nappy pads are smudgy, yellow or green, grainy and often smell sour. Both yellow poo and green are perfectly normal colors for baby poo.

Yellow baby poo from a nursing baby

If the child is ok but does not poo spontaneously, but can only poo after a lot of squeezing and temptation every three-four days, you should see a pediatrician for examination, preferably via bvc.

Stools in babies who are fed formula

Children who eat formula tend to poo less often than breast-fed children. I have not found any study on how often they poo on average, but experience tells me once a day or once every other day. Formula-fed children's nappies smell more like adult faeces and are often browner than breastfeeding nappies but vary in color, shape and smell. We do not see constipated infants frequently at the paediatric emergency room, and in principle everyone receives formula, to some degree. A few babies who receive formula and are constipated have received formula that is not mixed in the right proportions. It can be dangerous, so always mix according to the instructions on the packaging!

An infant with constipation is less likely to poo more than every other day, often after a lot of tempting. Tempting can sometimes help and suffices to get the poo, which is often shaped into balls or lumps. If constipation lasts for several days, the baby starts to feel ill, maybe vomit and eats less, so it is important to help a constipated baby to poo.

Constipation since birth

If your baby had a meconium discharge later than 24 hours after birth and has been constipated since birth, you should seek pediatricians and request an investigation for congenital bowel dysfunction, as you would for a breastfed infant. However, if the child had a meconium departure the first day of life, has pooed normally and after a few weeks or months starts to become constipated, you can start treating the baby and see if it helps.

Start treatment with Lactulose 5 ml daily, increase to 10 ml daily if it does not help. Lactulose is available free of charge at pharmacies. Tell your BVC nurse that you are giving Lactulose and that your baby has had some constipation problems.

If Lactulose does not help, it is good to see a paediatrician at the paediatric ward. Bottle-fed babies can also experience constipation due to a cow's milk protein allergy, for example, and may need to try special formula with shredded cow's milk proteins or without cow's milk proteins.

Diarrhea in babies

If the baby's stool changes in the looser direction, becomes watery or much richer and much greener than before it is called diarrhea. Diarrhea in infants is usually due to a stomach ailment and there is no blood in the baby's pelvis, so is usually treated as viral gastric disease with fluid replacement. and there should be no further investigations until after three weeks have passed.

In the case of residual diarrhea lasting three weeks, seek paediatricians at the paediatric surgery for investigation. The most common cause of long-term diarrhea in nursing infants is cow's milk protein allergy.

Infants do not have lactose intolerance, as they must be able to break down lactose to take in breast milk or replacement.

White or gray poo is dangerous

If the child has gray-white poo, like putty, every time: go to the ER and show a nappy. It needs to be investigated, and can be a sign of biliary atresia, an unusual congenital liver disease.

Blood in the stool

Some infants have small streaks of blood in the stool. Nobody really knows why, and if there are small streaks and the child is feeling well, you can calmly wait. If the child has large amounts of blood in the poop - seek out a paediatrician to find out why.

Slimy stools

A little slimy baby poop is normal. Often, the stool becomes more slimy during colds, and then it can also become more green. In case of stomach ailments, the poo may sometimes become quite slimy during certain phases. One should never seek care simply because baby poo is slimy, as it is the other symptoms that determine it.

Search the child ER at:

1. Very light stool, whitish poo

2. Abundant diarrhea with a baby who urinates less and is more tired than usual / eats less

3. Abundant amounts of blood in the stool.

Sök BVC, vårdcentral eller barnläkarmottagning vid:

1. Repeated streaks of blood in the stool

2. Breast-fed children who do not poo without temptation / squeezing and then only every third or fourth day

3. Diarrhea that lasts for more than three weeks (in case of copious diarrhea, seek help earlier than that)

4. Formula-fed children (fully or partially) who have been constipated from birth

5. Formula-fed children (wholly or partially) who have become constipated later and do not recover from 5-10 ml Lactulose daily

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15 thoughts on “Bebis bajs – vad är normalt? Grönt bajs eller slemmigt – vad betyder det?”

  1. Fantastisk bra sammanfattnig om bajs! Jag har sökt men hittar inget svar; hur lång tid tar det för en barn att bajsa ut maten? Är orolig för min lilla kille som är 6 månader. Han bajsar rätt löst och slemmigt och redan efter 6 timmar efter intag ligger morotspuren i blöjan. Tacksam för svar!

    1. Det är olika hur lång tid det tar. Från några timmar till flera dygn. Mår barnet bra är det ingen fara. Vissa har snabba tarmar.

  2. Hejsan. Jag har en dotter på 3 månader som fått ersättning sen hon va 2 månader. Hon bajsar inte… har typ inte gjort sen hon började få ersättning .hon krystar som en galning och har ont och skriker. Ger 5 ml laktulos om dagen men det hjälper inte. Enda gången hon bajsar är om jag hjälper henne med pysventil. Vad ska jag göra?

    1. Hon behöver behandla sin förstoppning. Gå till BVC, vårdcentralen eller en barnläkare och be om råd och hjälp

  3. Hey!
    First and foremost: Thank you for an extremely good, factual and informative blog, which I already had a lot of use for, to calm all the anxiety I suddenly feel as a new mom.
    Now to my question: My little son, barely 3 months, who is fully healed and is healthy otherwise, suddenly had some small bright red bloodstains in his stool yesterday. Only in one stool, then a couple of stools without blood. We were still at BVC today and the doctor there said that there might be some small crack in the rectum or the like. Another possible reason we are considering is that he received rotavirus vaccine three days ago, although blood in the stool does not appear to be a common side effect of this vaccine (Rotarix)? Now tonight the little boy has had another stool with a few streaks of clear red blood, a little more than yesterday. He is still well-heeled and is doing well otherwise. Crying and screaming is understood a few times every day, but is rarely inconvenient. Have started to lose some weight in recent weeks, but was very high before (+ 2 SD earlier, now + 1.3). You write here that blood in the stool is often due to cow's milk allergy - should we suspect this already, or should we wait a while and see if it is something temporary and transient?
    Sincerely

  4. Hey! Read about the baby who had a firmer stool in taste portions. My 4.5 month eats taste portions once a day which has so far been carrot, potatoes and green peas .. Haven't pooped now for 10 days. However, fishing so d is not a stop and he does not seem to feel bad either. Is having difficulty with irregular stools yourself is something that may have been transmitted to him or is d too early to say? I'm not suffering either ..

  5. have a little guy of almost 4 months. he both breastfeeds and receives compensation.
    I started with compensation just a week ago. In conjunction with them, his stools became more light-yellow and a little "crumbly" it is not hard but a little firmer or how to explain. can also add that his first tooth has just come through.

  6. My 6 month daughter eats 1 serving porridge both morning and evening and a large jar of food at lunch and gets fruit puree, she first popped a little harder and made them since we introduced food but now she has started popping slightly looser, not diarrhea watery but thick but yet looser. Is that normal?

  7. When does the baby stop counting as a nurse in the case of poop? A baby who is breastfed but eats 1/2 serving porridge and possibly some flavor / day, are there any other 'poo rules' then? (from having pooped 1gg / day (loose) now poop our 7month 1gg / week (relatively hard)…)

    1. Constipation problems are common when introducing flavor portions. Consult BVC if your baby seems to have stomach upset, if it needs help to poop more than once, or if constipation does not pass if you reduce your food intake. The more that the baby gets firmer the more food the baby eats is completely in order.

  8. What counts as diarrhea in a fully cured infant? If the child poops around 20 times a day, loose and watery, often small splashes that come with sneezing, screaming, etc., but otherwise feel fine (except diaper eczema due to the soft poop), is there anything to investigate?

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