Why Is The Color Of The 4-month-old Baby’s Faeces Full Of Whitish Yellow And Green Mucus?
Afternoon doctor, I want to ask again. Why is my baby’s stool yellowish and whitish green mucus. For several days the frequency is 4 times a day even though it is usually only 1 time, my child is 4m full of milk. Is it dangerous and how to overcome it. thank you
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In answering your question, I assume that what you mean by "4m full milk" is that your baby is now 4 months old and only consumes formula milk.
The color and frequency of stool in infants can help to assess digestive function in infants, and to detect if certain disorders or diseases occur. Normal color in baby's stool is brown, yellow, to green, and because stool is leftover food that is not absorbed by the body, the color and consistency of stool is strongly influenced by the type of food / drink consumed, and also the baby's digestive process.
The color of the stool becomes yellowish due to the presence of stercobilin that colors the stool. In certain conditions or diseases, the color of the stool can be white like putty if there is a blockage of bile fluid as in biliary atresia. Reddish or blackish color can be a sign of bleeding. Therefore, if the color of your baby's stool is still yellow, brown, or green, it cannot be used as a definite marker of disease. In the provision of formula milk, or foods that contain high levels of iron, can cause the color of the stool becomes greenish.
Normal frequency BAB in infants under 2 months can be up to 10 times a day. But in its development this frequency will decrease with age, and increasingly resemble adults. At the age of 4 months, it can be 5-7 times a day and is still classified as normal. Some factors that influence the frequency of bowel movements in infants are breastfeeding, formula feeding, and cleanliness of baby equipment.
It is advisable to only give breast milk (without additional formula milk) to infants under 6 months of age, or what is often referred to as the exclusive breastfeeding program. ASI has many benefits that formula milk does not have, including:
Produced specifically for these babies, so the possibility of incompatibility (allergic, etc.) is very minimal Contains all the nutrients needed by the baby, in sufficient quantities (not less and not excessive) Can form the immune system in infants Improve the emotional connection between mother and baby If you do not give breast milk because you feel that your milk production is lacking, always try to stimulate the baby to feed on the nipple, so that it can also stimulate your milk production. Although initially not produced or only a little, along with the frequency of breastfeeding babies will be stimulated to produce more.
You can also read a few articles from the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI) regarding baby stool at this link (1, 2, 3). If there are other symptoms such as fever, red or black bowel movements, etc., do not hesitate to consult a general practitioner or pediatrician.
Thus, hopefully can help.