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I noticed this morning that my bub had an unusual colour poo in that it was a dark greeny blue colour!!! Has anyone else seen their bub have one this colour? I can't think of what I have eaten to make it this colour and she is on 50% formula bottles and 50% breast milk!!
Lovely topic I know but just curious...........................!!!!
Greeny coloured poo can also mean that they maybe a little dehydrated and may need some water between feeds to keep her fluids up :)
I'm bit worried - i'd say my bub's poo tends towards green/ dark green/swampy murk, how green should it be to be offering water? My bub has recently switched to formula and I thought this was the normal poo for a formula fed bub?? What colour should it be?
Formula fed babies tend to have greenish poos due to the high iron content of formula. In breast fed babies it could be not enough breast milk or something you have eaten. I wouldn't get too worried, if you are ask your child health nurse or ring the ABA.
It will change colour a bit as formula is different from breast milk, it is usually thicker that's why they suggest water between feeds. My doc always said any "any green in the nose is infection, any green in the poo is dehydration" so I have always gone by this.
it is so strange how you get told different things with every person you talk to! i have been told that green poo can either mean they have wind or that they are getting too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk.
my bubs poo change colour all the time, i got one this morning which was very pale brown and almost pinkish, i put this down to strawberry custard. Other times they are blue green. I have also heard that wind can make it green. How does that work??
before a baby you would never imagine discussing poo with people :)
It could just be because of the iron in the formula.
But if it is dehydration some other signs to look out for are: less then 6-8 wet nappies a day/ no wet nappy for 3 hours - if you are using disposables you can check for wetness by feeling the weight of the one they just wore and compare weight of a fresh nappy - the wet nappy will be heavier. You can also put a cotton ball where they wee (easier for a girl baby I guess) inside the nappy to help check for signs of urination. I know I freaked when I got baby home and thought she hadn't wee'd for hours - the disposables are so good at keeping wetness away, it can be hard to tell if they've wee'd.
I was told if the fontanelle (sp?) at the top of their head is sunken that is a sign of significant dehydration. Having a dry mouth is another sign of severe dehydration.
Baby poos come in many different shades and consistencies - so don't panic - you'll soon find out what's normal for your bub.
Ever since I switched my daughter over to formula, her poos have been thicker and have been green. I thought that this was normal for a formula fed baby. I am not too concerned as she is still happy and content and nothing about her behaviour has changed, and it has been many weeks since she has been having formula exclusively.
That said, if you are concerned I would go and speak to your GP who will be able to help with any concerns that you might have.
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