The Cause Of A 1 Month Old Baby’s Stool Is Gray?
Hello. I want to ask my child aged 1 month 23 days / girl, why is it that the defecation is white mixed with gray, even though this afternoon it was yellow, but in the early hours of the morning it was around 2 in the morning that the defecation was white mixed with gray, around 6:00 p.m. gray mixed with white again .. please explain .. Thank you
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Need to clarify, are you still giving your baby exclusive breastfeeding? Or you may have fed him formula milk or other beverages and supplements? Are there any other complaints your baby is experiencing?
Under normal conditions, baby's stool will be bright yellow to brownish yellow with a soft to dense consistency and a frequency of not less than 2 times a week, but no more than 3 times a day. As for what causes a yellow or brownish yellow color in the stool is the presence of biliverdin, which is a dye derived from bile.
The color of the baby's stool can turn white or gray due to normal conditions, for example if you give your baby additional formula milk which is high in iron. It could also, this whitish color appear if your baby is undergoing several types of medication (for example, anti-diarrhea medication).
However, it could also be that the color of the stool is grayish white as what your child has experienced due to other factors, the most common is a disturbance in the bile duct, for example:
Cholangitis (inflammation of the bile ducts)
Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder)
Benign or malignant tumors of the bile sac or duct
In addition, this abnormal stool color can also occur due to disturbances in the function of the liver and pancreas (for example due to inflammation, infection, alcoholism, or tumors).
If the complaint has lasted less than 3 days, then you can observe this condition for a while while making the following efforts:
Give babies ONLY breast milk until they are 6 months old, unless your doctor recommends otherwise
Take care that no objects or food are swallowed by the baby
Avoid giving drugs indiscriminately to babies
Stay calm, no need to panic
If complaints continue to recur up to 3 days or more after doing the tips above, or if the baby has colic, vomiting, bowel disorders, fever, jaundice, and other complaints, you should check it directly with a doctor or pediatrician. If necessary, the doctor will carry out more in-depth examinations, such as blood tests, urine tests, stool cultures, ultrasound, X-rays, and so on in order to identify the correct diagnosis.
Hope it helps ..
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah