Get the straight poop on poop

Parenting makes you worry about things you didn’t even consider before. Like poop.

Not just poop in general, but its frequency, size and color. But here’s the scoop on poop: Most of the time you don’t have to be concerned.

Like adults, children have different patterns of bowel movements. Some may go 1 to 2 times a day. Others may go every 2 to 3 days, and that’s okay.

Constipation

If your child is healthy and doesn’t feel pain or discomfort, then their frequency is fine. If there is pain, call Suburban Pediatric Associates for an appointment and keep a record of the size and consistency for a few days. Your child could be constipated, and your notes will help your doctor during the office visit.

Common symptoms of constipation include:

  • Hard stools that are difficult to produce
  • Long period of time without normal bowel movements
  • Stomachaches, cramping or nausea
  • Rectal bleeding

The color wheel of poop

Your infant can produce an eye-popping variety of colors after the tarry meconium stage. You may see shades of yellow, brown and even green during diaper changes. Breastfed infants usually have mustardy yellow poop while formula-fed infants have yellow-tan stools with hints of green.

A changing color palette is common, however. New solid foods, colds and antibiotics can all affect the color of poop. Just wait for the first poop after the introduction of baby carrots!

When to contact Suburban Pediatrics

Call our office if you see red, black or white poop. There are common reasons for these colors, but we’ll want to talk with you and rule out other conditions.

For more information

At Suburban Pediatrics, we are here for you and your family every step of the way. Sign up for our Patient Portal, check out our website Resources, follow us on Facebook or call us at 513-336-6700.