Stools Of 1 Year Olds Are Hard And Gray In Color After Changing Formula Milk?
, my child is 14 months old, the pub is 3 times a day and sometimes runny, before using sgm milk, now I replace the milk chilkid and I reduce the amount, so the milk is rather runny, but the chapter is rather hard and gray inside and Yellow outside, is my child normal? Or do I need to check right? Thank you
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Based on the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI), normal infant / child stools have yellow, brown or greenish color. Yellow and brown color is caused by bile produced from the liver, and secreted in the intestine, causing food to enter the digestive tract to change color. While the greenish color is often found in babies who get special formula milk such as soy formula, amino acids or formula milk with high iron content. In the case of diarrhea in infants / children also often found thin green stools caused by bacterial / viral toxins from infected digestion.
While the stool that is not normal will be reddish, blackish brown which indicates suspicion toward gastrointestinal bleeding. Constipation or difficulty defecating can also cause a slight reddish color in the stool due to anal laceration / injury due to hard stool friction. Grayish white / putty stool indicates a disturbance in the liver, can be due to the production of bile that is not there, blockage in the bile ducts or the absence of channels for bile to the intestine. However, some food consumed by infants can also cause discoloration in baby's stool.
Regarding your complaint, it is necessary to re-evaluate the color of the stool in your child. How long has your child's stool texture and color changed? If new types of formula milk are given to infants, the stool color change may only occur temporarily as a form of transition / response of the digestive tract to the type of formula milk that is given, so do monitoring of the child's stool. Often formula will make a child's stool more soft, and not too runny. Then, the food consumed daily also influences the stool consistency and color. Given the age of your child can already consume various types of family food. Milk consumption does not require a large portion of your child's age, or only requires less than 30% of its needs, the rest is complete nutrition obtained from the food consumed. Foods that are high in fiber will make the stool texture softer and easier for the baby to pass. While foods that are less fiber will make the stool harder, which is also influenced by the lack of fluid entering the body.
The frequency of defecation of children is different. Normally children can defecate once or twice a day or more. If there are no signs of diarrhea such as defecation that lasts more than 3 times in 24 hours accompanied by abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, weakness, thirst, etc. then you don't need to worry.
If the stools of the baby experience a color change from gray to completely pale white for some time to come, then immediately visit a pediatrician to get a proper examination and management.
The following tips can you do to reduce complaints in your child:
Maintain cleanliness of children and the environment around them
Make sure the child consumes healthy, nutritious, balanced and clean food
Washing hands before and after eating
Increase the consumption of water.
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