Is it normal to have undigested food in baby's stool?

Jennifer - posted on 03/07/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Yesterday I noticed my 10-month-old had undigested pieces of green beans and clementine pieces in her stool. Today I saw a whole piece of carrot. I cook these foods until they are very soft and it seems like she usually chews pretty well. Her stools otherwise seem normal as far as semi-soft texture and no bleeding or other abnormality. Does anyone else see this in their LO?

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Beccie - posted on 03/08/2010

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Yeh dont worry about it. My little one is 15 months now and he still gets it. Sometimes it depends on what they have eaten too. I regularly see sweetcorn and beans come out the other end the same as they went in lol ! xx

Vicki - posted on 03/07/2010

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Completely normal. Her gut is still developing and getting used to digesting ordinary food rather than breastmilk/formula. If you've been pureeing up until now it may not have been as obvious.



If you have a look at your own poo (not that I'm advising this and not something I do honest!) it'd probably include some undigested food as well.

Kari - posted on 03/09/2010

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I went to my doctor today, so I just double checked with her as well, and she said it's completely normal. She said that babies digestive systems are much smaller, so it can be harder for them to digest some food that quickly, that seemed like a pretty good explanation to me so I just thought I'd add it.

Kari - posted on 03/08/2010

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My son who is also 10 months, just recently started having undigested food in his poo. I'm glad you posted this question and thanks for the answer, it makes me feel much better!

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Tumbleweed - posted on 02/10/2014

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Read this link on the subject. The more you cook and heat the food the harder it is for the baby to digest it. Also if their gut flora isn't developed it won't digest as well. Bacteria in the gut are responsible for some of the food digestion and extraction of nutrients. Giving babies antibiotics disrupts this process and can cause nutrient deficiency. this article deals with how food structure is altered by high heating.
http://m.voices.yahoo.com/spotting-undig...

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