My Baby Has Stringy Poop

Understanding your baby’s poop will help you know when your baby is not doing well. One of the things you will never find in new parenting manuals is that you will talk and worry about your baby’s poop more than you could have ever thought. What is the color of a newborn’s poop, how often should my baby poop, what’s the color of a breastfeeding or formula-fed baby? Why is my baby’s poop stringy? What pop color shows my three-month infant is healthy? The baby poop questions are endless.

Mucus in your baby’s poop is not strange even when you are breastfeeding your baby. Most of the time, it’s not a call for concern even though, at times, it can be an infection. Most of the time, you need to change your diet, but you don’t need to stop your baby from feeding. Let’s look at what causes stringy poop.

Causes

If you notice an evident amount of mucus whenever your baby poops, it could result from the food exposed to them. The kind of food you eat, like proteins, get passed to your baby through breast milk. Babies who start taking vitamin drops usually recommended for breastfeeding babies can make your baby have a stringy stool. There could also be an imbalance of your fore-milk and hind milk, which can make your baby have mucus stool.

Is your baby drooling a lot or teething? The mucus comes from saliva, and when a baby drools a lot, he gets to swallow the saliva, and it does not digest. Another cause is an infection in the intestines, such as viral gastroenteritis. In a rare case, your baby cold has digestive disorders like Crohn’s disease can cause mucus on your baby’s stool.

Diagnosis

A small amount of mucus on your baby’s stool once in a while is average if you are breastfeeding your baby. Nevertheless, when you notice lots of mucus on your baby’s poop and a change of bowel movement, that is not the usual. Sometimes you may also see some blood on the stringy poop. You need to consult your pediatrician or lactation consultant. Before you take your baby to the doctor, access what kind of food your baby ate. If they are doing solid food, poop consistency, odor, and how long they have had mucus stool. One day’s stringy poop is not a call for alarm.

Treatment

Stringy stool from stomach infection like viral gastroenteritis has no specific treatment. You continue breastfeeding the baby. If he gets dehydrated from vomiting and diarrhea, your pediatrician will suggest treating dehydration with oral ion solution whitelist you breastfeed. Some pediatricians will recommend a change of diet and removing some food like daily products. Balancing the fore-milk and hind milk lactation consultant suggests you express the milk for two minutes before you start breastfeeding your baby.

Prevention

Check on what you eat that makes your baby’s stringy poop and try changing it. Getting acidophilus supplements, or you can give your baby yogurt, which can help in getting back to a normal bowel. You will need to consult your pediatrician before giving your baby yogurt. For balanced breast milk, some lactation consultants advice-giving your baby one breast per feed so they can get a lot of milk from that one breast, including the hind milk. 

Other Health Issues

It’s rare for mucus on a baby’s stool to be a sign of a severe problem.  If your baby has an uncommonly big foul-smell, it could be steatorrhea, which shows a lot of fat in your baby’s stool. Causes of steatorrhea are liver that is not healthy, malabsorption diseases, pancreases that have problems.

Types of Baby Poop

Other types of baby poop are meconium, dark sticky poop that newborn pass shortly after birth. A healthy baby’s poop is usually runny or seedy with yellowish, green, brown, or turn and thick. When your baby starts eating solid food, their stool may change with bright colors according to the food they take. When your baby has constipation, they will likely have a brown hard, and lumpy stool. Black stool shows your baby has a bleed on the upper digestive system. See a doctor immediately.

Changes in your baby’s stool are regular, and little mucus on the poop is normal. However, if the mucus appears thick and in a large amount, you will need to consult your doctor. However, if everything seems okay, but you still feel uncomfortable, a pediatrician can offer assurance on your baby’s health.