A newborn baby's watery poop can surprise new parents, especially when the baby is breastfed. However, even veteran parents may be concerned about watery stool, which might be a sign that the baby has diarrhea. It is important, therefore, to determine if a baby's watery poop is normal or something to be concerned about.
Newborn Watery Poop---What’s Normal and What’s Not Normal?
1. Normal. It is normal for a newborn baby to have watery or loose stools in the early months after birth when she is only receiving mother's milk. This stool is often yellowish-brown in color and is similar to mustard in consistency. It is also common to see white particles that look like seeds in the stool. ...view middle of the document...
Newborn Watery Poop---Can It Be Diarrhea?
Signs that your baby may have diarrhea include:
Very runny poop
Baby poops more frequently or passes more poop than usual
Baby spurts out poop from her bottom in an explosive manner
Experts say that babies are less likely to have diarrhea if they are breastfeeding because a mother's milk prevents harmful bacteria from growing. On the other hand, babies who feed from a bottle are more likely to develop infections. It is therefore important to practice thorough handwashing and bottle sterilization properly.
Possible causes of diarrhea include:
excessive intake of fruit juice
side effect of medications
food allergy or sensitivity
Certain brands of formula milk may cause reactions that lead to diarrhea. Talk to your doctor before switching brands.
Teething is often associated with loose stools but not diarrhea. If she has diarrhea, she may be having an infection, but it is not necessarily due to teething.
In older babies, watery poop may be a sign of constipation because it may be leaking past a dry, hard poo, which is blocking its way out.
Watery stools usually clear up even without treatment in 24 hours. If the baby does not show signs of improvement, call your doctor to avoid the risk of dehydration. It is also important to see a doctor immediately if the baby has had about six or more episodes of diarrhea.
Treatment of Diarrhea
Depending on the cause of diarrhea, treatments may vary. These include dietary changes and medications as prescribed by doctors. Some tips offered by doctors include:
Continue breastfeeding as usual.
If the baby is vomiting, feed her in small amounts, but...