Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Day 148 - Changes in bowels

Today's Tip - Expect changes in your baby's bowel movements after you introduce solid foods

I foolishly thought I could go the entire 365 days and only talk about poop once. How naive and cute of me. Here I am, only five months in, and I already broke down. Beware, parents. Don't let bowel movements become the only thing you talk and think about.

With that said, on with the poop talk. You probably thought, especially if your baby is breastfed, that the mustardy, fairly neutral smelling poos before solid foods were manageable. It all changes once you throw solid foods into the mix. It's pasty. It stinks. It's everywhere. It's different colors. Bottom line...

It's gross.

But it's to be expected, so don't be too alarmed when it looks like your baby has oatmeal in his diaper. Especially in breast fed babies, the change is dramatic, but normal.

But if your baby stops have bowel movements, are they're hard, or he has a lot less wet diapers (like my son did today), call the pediatrician. They'll ask how many they've had over the past 24 hours, if there's any fever, vomiting, sneezing, coughing or change in appetite. Chances are, they'll just ask you to pay attention to his diapers for a bit and notify them of any strangeness, but better safe than sorry.

Hopefully I can make it another 5 months without talking about poop.

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