Causes Of Foamy Bowel Movements?
I want to ask, my baby is only 3 weeks old, when his stools are foamy and more fluid, is that normal or is there a cause?
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If your baby consumes exclusive breast milk, liquid and foamy defecation is a normal condition, because exclusively breastfed babies tend to have a liquid, foamy and sour-smelling stool consistency, this is because the baby's intestines are not functioning properly, so some lactose (milk sugar) ) is not completely digested in the intestine. This undigested milk sugar when it enters the small intestine and large intestine will be fermented by bacteria so that gas is formed, that's why baby's stool looks like foamy or frothy, and liquid and tends to smell sour. As long as your baby is active, breastfeeding is strong, normal development. and body weight tends to increase according to the growth and development curve, you don't need to worry, what you need to worry about is if you have more than 5 liquid stools in 4 hours, you have vomiting, bloody stools and signs of dehydration or lack of fluids, such as:
Eyes look sunken Sunken fontanel When crying does not come out tears Stomach skin looks loose, or skin turgor decreases Your baby no longer wants to drip His urine is infrequent or scanty If the above occurs immediately take your child to the nearest hospital for immediate treatment, such as administration of fluids, blood tests, stool examinations. to determine the cause of diarrhea due to bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites.
Some tips for you to prevent your baby from diarrhea;
Diligently wash your hands when you are in contact with your baby Clean the nipples with warm water cotton before and after breastfeeding Keep the house clean Avoid giving additional food other than breast milk before your child is 6 months Thank you, hopefully useful. dr. Nurmarwiyah