You can tell a lot about your baby’s health by what’s in his or her diaper. Poop colour can be one of such indicators. During the first year of life, a baby will go through a variety of poop colours. It’s therefore normal to see a number of changes in your baby’s stools as s/he grows, drinks breast milk or formula, and starts eating solids.
The colour is the result of what s/he eats and how much bile is in his/her stool. There are cases in which poop colour may be cause for alarm. For the most part, it needn’t be. But If the poop colour is black, red, or white, that’s when you should be worried.
The following is a baby poop colour chart; originally written and compiled by www.healthline.com. The chart can help you distinguish what’s normal, what’s not, and when should you be worried.
It’s also important to note that diet and age can also affect the overall colour and consistency. If you’re ever concerned about your baby’s poop colour, call your paediatrician for advice. Barry Steinmetz, MD, a paediatric gastroenterologist at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, California, says that “poop’s colour has more to do with the transit time of food and the bile coming through the gastrointestinal tract.”
Dr Steinmetz further notes that if the poop is yellow in colour, it just means that milk is moving through the baby’s system rather quickly; and the poop becomes green when the process slows down. When it moves even slower in the system, the poop then turns brown. That’s why, Dr Steinmetz says, infants often have yellow stools, because they have a very fast transit time. You can read more about it HERE.