As a mother to a little child, you must be well aware that a lot of your time will be spent in cleaning your baby poop and baby pee. A baby’s poo must be healthy and this is determined by a number of factors, like what they eat, what you eat, if you still feed him/ her and the child’s overall health. We all know that peeing and pooping is an endless cycle- babies eat, drink, sleep, pee and poop, and again the same thing goes on and on.
Once you become a new mother, the only thing that is sure to keep you awake for nights, even if your child sleeps peacefully, is to check their diapers and see if there is any pee or poop in it. A small child’s peeing and pooping is important to keep an eye on, because if you find any abnormality, then it means that there is some health problem. Thus, you should immediately consult a pediatrician.
Hence, there are some warning signs which you should keep an eye on, that whether your baby poop and baby pee are healthy. They are as follows: –
Not Wetting At Least 6 Diapers In A Day:
If your baby poop and pee are in a great quantity, this means that it is a good sign they are healthy. This also implies that the child is getting enough fluids and food digestion is also well. But, once the baby grows older, it is common that they won’t be using so many diapers. Therefore, it is essential that after a first few days of birth and for at least 6 months, they should be wetting 6- 8 diapers every day, on a priority basis.
In reality, babies who are breastfed have 6- 8 wet diapers every day. Whereas the babies who are formula fed, they have 10 wet diapers every day. Thus, if its less than 6, it could be a sign of dehydration. Consulting a pediatrician would be good.
Dark Coloured Pee:
When your little bundle of joy relies completely upon breastfeed, then the baby pee should be almost white transparent in colour as well as non- smelly. But if you start feeding them solids and semi-solids in the food, the colour will turn to slight yellow and emit a little smell. If the baby pee turns a slight dark in shade, this means the baby is dehydrated. The common cause for this could be that you are not consuming enough water.
To take care of this, make sure you drink lots of water, and feed your child too, on regular intervals, until you see the colour changing from yellow to again white transparent. However, it is important to note that toddlers below 6 months should be given sips of water, only after consulting a doctor.
Slightly Reddish Or Brownish Wee:
There are many colors of a baby pee, which you should know, in order to check its normalcy. If your baby’s urine looks non- yellow, in color, there is nothing to worry as such, because it is not necessarily abnormal. This may be the result of what you and your baby must have eaten during the day.
However, if the colour doesn’t return back to normal after 2- 3 rounds, then it is a problem. The red discoloration of the urine implies that there is blood in the urine, whereas pale- yellow indicates jaundice. Hence, rush to a doctor immediately on witnessing these signs.
Abnormal Colour Of Poop During Breastfeeding:
The colour of the baby poop, its consistency, the frequency as well as the smell all these are these becomes the main concerns for any new mother. The various poop phases in a child includes the transition from blackish green poop at birth to the mustard liquid poop during breastfeeds, and then finally to the yellowish poop that comes out, once the child grows up.
During breastfeeding, if there is any change in color, apart from mustard yellow, this means that the mother’s health is not good. This should once get checked by the pediatrician so that they could suggest some dietary changes for the mother.
Bad Smelling Pee:
If your toddler’s pee smells excessively strong and foul, it can be a sign of urinary tract infection. Bacteria can easily enter the child’s body and cause urinary and surrounding areas infection. To ensure safety, use antibacterial baby wipes for your child’s genital area. Also keep a track of your baby’s urine to see if it looks cloudy or contains blood. Vomiting and fever may well be the signs to detect if there is anything wrong with the child, because UTI scan here would be difficult. Thus, consult a doctor for proper treatment.
Pain/ Crying While Peeing/ Pooping:
This warning sign is not just for babies, but for older children too, because your child should never feel pain while urinating. If ever you notice that your toddler cries and shows signs of pain when peeing, it can well be a sign of urinary tract infection. If your baby poop is also abnormal, which means if they experience pain while pooping too, and requires a lot effort, this is a clear cut sign of constipation. Not just these, if you also find traces of blood in your child’s stool, then it is an alarming sign. Therefore, pain and crankiness or irritation feeling while peeing and pooping is never a safe sign.
Your baby’s health starts from their pee and poop, as they are among the best signs of your little one’s health. Hence, don’t forget to check from time to time that there are no such abnormal signs that your toddler is facing and they are safe and sound.