Green poo - Please HELP!

Dawn - posted on 11/26/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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my 6 and a half month old it doing a lot of green poos. they seems to get greener the later in the day it is. does any one know what causes this and is it any thing to be concerned about?

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Denise - posted on 11/30/2009

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Green Poop
Every now and then the notorious green poop may show up in your baby’s diaper. You may take a look at it and ask yourself “how’d that get there?” There are many different causes for green poop. More than likely, if your baby has green poop, it’s nothing to worry about, but here are a few possibilities.

•Iron-fortified formula - Some formula-fed babies will develop a case of green poop from the iron in the formula they are taking. As long as your baby is happy and not having any problems with constipation, there is nothing to worry about.
•Jaundice - A baby that has jaundice may have dark or greenish colored stools. This normally goes away once baby is off of the bilirubin lights.
•Dairy Sensitivity - Some breastfed babies are very sensitive to certain foods in their mom’s diet. If your baby is having problems with green mucousy stools, blood in his stools, spitting up a lot, or a skin rash, he may be sensitive to something in your diet. Dairy products are one of the most common causes of food allergies in babies. If you think this might be the problem, try eliminating milk and dairy products from your diet. It may take a couple weeks to see results from a dairy elimination diet. You should see improvement in a week or two. If you’re not sure, you can always try it out for a few weeks and then try having a cup of milk to see what happens. If the symptoms come back, then milk is probably the culprit and you will want to avoid it.
•Foremilk/Hindmilk imbalance - If your baby is breastfeeding and has green frothy-looking poops, this may be a result of a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. To put this simply, when a mom breastfeeds the first milk that comes out (foremilk) is thinner and lower in fat. After you have nursed for a bit, you will start to produce richer, fattier milk called hindmilk. Babies that receive too much of the thin foremilk and not enough of the richer hindmilk sometimes have problems with green stools and tummy aches. If you have been switching breasts a lot instead of letting baby get a good feed on one breast, you may have problems with this.
•Other reasons - Sometimes babies just have greenish colored poop. The range of color in baby’s poops can vary. Any range of yellow, mustard to yellow/green is pretty normal for a baby. If baby is gaining well and happy then there is nothing to worry about

Heather - posted on 11/29/2009

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My baby's poo is always green. It could be the formula. I also heard that breastfed babies have green poo.

Kristen - posted on 12/01/2009

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I heard any food with red, blue, or purple in it can cause green poo.

Heather - posted on 12/02/2012

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Purple dyes can cause it as well a some coloring in foods if u just started them. More often than not its just because. If my son has grape juice or grape kool aid his poop can become a lime green. No blood, no dehydration, no worries.

Karla - posted on 11/29/2009

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Are you breast feeding? If so then thats most likely it. If you eat alot of veggies that will cause the green poo.

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PAM - posted on 11/30/2009

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Hi Dawn, Is he eating, drinking anything with blueberries or green veg. or if nursing are you? If not, I would not be too concerned, but check with your Dr.

Denise - posted on 11/30/2009

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i got that on just mummies u should go on and have a look its very good really intresting hope it helps xx

Carole - posted on 11/28/2009

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If you were breast feeding and you switched to formula, it could be the reason for it, usually poopin is a good sign that everything is working, but theres a difference between poopin alot and diarrhea!

Sumati - posted on 11/27/2009

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hi dawn my older daughter used to have green poos at about the same age. we later
realised that she was theething.but i know someone else who told me that it could also be due to some stomach infections.

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My two month old would do the same thing and the pediatrician said not to worry. It has something to do with more bile production.

Fiona - posted on 11/27/2009

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I've been told that green poo could be caused by lactose intolerance. After reading the responses on here though, there seems to be quite a few reasons that bubs poo could be green. Always best to check with your doctor if you are concerned.

Denise - posted on 11/27/2009

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my sons had green poo and the baby nurse said its to do with wat he eats i blend his food so he'd have a lot of veg potatoes and maybe chicken i wouldnt be to worried about it.

Felicity - posted on 11/27/2009

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if your child is on solid yet they might be getting to much greens vegetables or avcardos can make it very green or iron in the formual

Charlotte - posted on 11/27/2009

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As far as I know.....green poo means an upset tummy. If you have them on formular maybe chagne the it for a different brand. Thats what I was always told anyways.

Lydia - posted on 11/27/2009

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If the poo is not loose, no cause for alarm. Poo is determined with what we feed on. If loose, it could be infection in the stomach, and a stool test would be necessary.

Lisa - posted on 11/26/2009

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Hi!! Are you breastfeeding??? Sometimes green poos are caused by baby only getting the first let down of milk which is to quench their thirst. The second let down is full of the fat. Try getting bubs to feed longer on the same breast or even express first to get the second flow of milk...Good luck!!!

Sandra - posted on 11/26/2009

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could be his formula, what are you feeding him?........noooooo, that's normal.......it happened to me, and it will turn dark grren, to black, then it will turn light brown, the color changes you have to deal with. If you are feeding him different baby foods, feed one food per week, to see if he likes it, and if it change his poo

Mandy - posted on 11/26/2009

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my daughter actually had this problem. it is okay and prob just something you are feeding to him have you had any change in water at all? i know for faith we went on a trip and the water was different there and thats where it pretty much started her body was also just getting use to soilds as well. if your that concerned though just call the dr to verify. good luck.

Crystal - posted on 11/26/2009

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It could be his digestion needs some supplementation. You may want to google some info on probiotics. Two good brands I know of are- Jarro-Dophilus and www.beeyoutiful.com

Regina - posted on 11/26/2009

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If you are giving him juice or a new kind of food it is probably being caused by that. My daughter had this problem when we started introducing juice especially

Laylani - posted on 11/26/2009

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Your baby is just getting alot of iron and is trying to get things going normal again

Jessica - posted on 11/26/2009

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I have been told by my doctor green poop is letting you know they are fighting off infection that they have just passed some bug out oh their system completely normal

Simone - posted on 11/26/2009

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are you breastfeeding? if so it's that baby's getting more fore milk more then the whole milk. my babay has some green poos sometimes and the doctor said it's fine. anything from green to yellow is fine.

HollyLynne - posted on 11/26/2009

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My doctore said that green poop means that you child is receiving too much iron. nothing to worry about. it is a way for your child to regulate the iron in his or her body.

good luck

Irene - posted on 11/26/2009

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I have been told that sometimes green poo means a bowel movement occured before the food can be digested and the green color is because of the bile.

Michelle - posted on 11/26/2009

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r u feeding your baby anything blue, I feed my daughter blue yorgurt once and she had green poo from that.

Renae - posted on 11/26/2009

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Green poo can be associated with diahorrea. But generally, doctors say its fine for baby poo to be any shade of brown, orange or green. So long as there are no other symptoms.

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