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What Are the Different Colors of the Baby Poop Rainbow and What Does Each Color Mean for Your Baby’s Health?

November 12, 2019 Alanna 3 min read No Comments

Poop, poop the magical fruit the more you eat the more you toot, wait… that’s not how that goes.

Brown

If your baby’s poop is brown and very hard it can be a sign of constipation, but constipation can come in every color. Brown is a normal poop color and can happen when your baby starts to eat solids, but this color doesn’t usually start until toddlerhood, after breastmilk and formula is cut from the diet.

Poop gets its brown color from the release of bile salts in digestion. Yum.

Is it normal? Yes.

Black

It’s called meconium, and it’s the baby’s first poop after birth. Because babies don’t pass stool in the womb (normally), this black tar like substance contains amniotic fluid, skin cells, urine, and mucus. Haven’t you heard of the new mucus, skin cell diet?

If seen after this period call your pediatrician, could mean an ulcer either in the stomach or intestines. Blood that moves through the digestive system can turn the stool black.

Is it normal? For the first few days after birth.

Orange

Orange poop is seen in breastfed and formula fed babies. The orange color can come from pigments that are picked up when passing through baby’s digestive system.

Is it normal? Yes.

Mustard Yellow

This is common in breastfed babies mainly, and is the usual color after you are done seeing the black from the meconium. You may see some black streaks as the last bit of meconium leaves the first few days after birth.

Is it normal? Yes.

Bright Yellow

It is another variation of the mustard yellow poop as seen above. It is seen in breastfed babies, but also formula fed babies. If it is runny and loose and longer than a few days it could be a sign of diarrhea and could cause dehydration.

Is it normal? Yes, unless it is also runny and loose, then you should call your pediatrician.

Red

Can happen if baby eats some kind of red pigmented food, or drank some kind of red juice.

If you haven’t fed your baby any red foods recently, then you need to call your pediatrician. If you have fed a red food recently, wait for the next stool to see if the color has returned to normal, if it hasn’t call your pediatrician.

Red could also mean blood in the stool, from any kind of injury to the anus, for example an anal fissure. Red blood in stool is not usually from bleeding in the body.

Is it normal? Yes, if baby ate or drank something red. If not call your pediatrician ASAP.

Green

A greenish tan color poop is usually normal of formula fed babies, and is also of firmer nature than breastfed babies.

Darker green can be from baby eating green colored foods, along with starting solids, and also be from baby taking an iron supplement.

Is it normal? Yes.

White

This is not normal and can be caused from a problem with digestion usually stemming from an issue in the liver, gallbladder, or pancreas.

Is it normal? No, call your pediatrician ASAP.

Gray

Can mean there is also an issue with the way your baby is digesting. What makes poop a brown color is when the body releases bile salts through digestion. If the poop is gray it could mean there is an issue with the gallbladder, liver, or pancreas.

Is it normal? No, call your pediatrician ASAP.

Conclusion:

So there you have it everyone, the baby poop rainbow. Not the most glorious colored rainbow but a rainbow to say the least. You can find a lot out about your baby’s health by their poopies.

I remember having so many discussions with my fiance on the different colors of poops. I could hear him in the other room going, “Awww, good girl, a nice mustard yellow poopie, from the poopie girl.”

Good times. Good times.

Alanna

I am a mom to 2 amazing girls. I reside with my fiance and my girls in sunny Arizona. I have 2 dogs: Ladybird and Mamasita, and 1 all white cat named Ghost de Blanc. I enjoy writing about sensitive subjects and speak what others are thinking but don't always say. I am told at times I am very blunt, and I consider myself quite the realist. <3

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I live with my 2 girls, my fiance, 2 dogs, and 1 cat in Arizona. I enjoy writing about sensitive subjects, and am told I am quite blunt. I am a crude, rude, crass, lass and one bad motha. I have overcome addiction and now get high on life and motherhood. Read More

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