my 7wk old's poop has been dry, flaky yellow instead of its usual seedy yellow texture. is this a sign that something is wrong?

Emily - posted on 12/14/2008 ( 19 moms have responded )

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she doesn't have a fever, but has been waking up sweaty. room temp at 70degrees, and she is in a onesie and swaddled in the miracle blanket.

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Samantha - posted on 09/25/2013

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My LO is 7ws also and has small amounts of dry flaky poop mixed with a thick dark heavy poopoo. We always give breast first but he is supplemented too, due to poor latching. I will consult his Dr. But has anyone experienced thus similarly to how I have described?

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If she's sweaty, she's too warm. Keeping babies too warm can be dangerous. poop sounds normal to me too. I agree with Tara Jade. Breastfed,... no water needed.

Melissa - posted on 12/14/2008

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Since her poop in dry , I would say she is dehydrated. You can tell how dehydrated she is by pressing on her nails if they don't go back to being pink immediately she is dehydrated. You can give a baby H20, most Dr's will recommend this if you live in high humidity or heat. I would take her to see your Dr or call and talk to his nurse.

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Anna - posted on 12/16/2008

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that poop description doesn't sound normal. same as like when pee is orange and crystalized= dehydration

are you breastfeeding? if baby is formula fed, poop won't be yellow and seedy. more formed.

if BFing, water is not necessary. not sure about formula, cause i've never done that....so best to ask the BABY'S DR. i've learned from the past, ask the dr. that specializes in that field--hence pediatricians specialize in child-- so ask the PED :0)

To check if your baby is too hot, check the nape of the neck (the back of the neck)

if it's HOT to the touch (hotter then your skin temperature) baby is too hot, and you need to change the thickness of her pj's. does your baby cry/scream from discomfort etc?? maybe she's too hot.

my son also sweats, but only from his head, but i dress in a onsie w/ socks and a cotton zip-up...since i live in Minne"snow"ta and it can get really cold, sometimes i put a sleep sack over that...or swaddle in a large cotton receiving blanket.

hope this helped some--but definitely check w/ the baby's dr.

Anne - posted on 12/15/2008

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Ask your doctor about giving your baby water. Ask your doctor about the poop. Nobody ever agrees on these forums, not that we're all right or wrong though. Good luck!

Julia - posted on 12/15/2008

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I would talk to your Dr/nurse about the poop. And I would talk to your Dr before giving any water!! I'd try the footed zip/button up pj's. Besides, you can't swaddle for ever...especially once they start rolling all over the crib! She sounds like she's too warm. 7 weeks old is fairly young...you don't want to take chances by asking opinions online when it comes to the health of your little one!!

Amanda - posted on 12/15/2008

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Try and give her a little water in between feeds. there is nothing wrong with it. Our bodies are made up of water and does need to be replaced.... But make sure her main feeds are breast or formula... My daughter was a prem baby and i was also told by her pediatrition to give her small amounts of water

Crystal - posted on 12/15/2008

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well normall a new born babys pop will change..but if its been dry..i would call the doctor just to be safe..just to make sure she is not dehydrated...

Kelly - posted on 12/15/2008

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Seedy-yellow poop = breast fed. Have you changed what you are eating? I would call the doctor, and yes, you can give her small amounts of water. (When I brought my kids home from the hospital, they came with cases of sugar water bottles - they wouldn't do that if it were harmful, and my kids never had a problem even though I breastfed also.) The problem is, that it's not good for her to fill up on that, so do it in moderation. I'm guessing she's sweating out her fluids, so her poop is dry and flaky, so keep her hydrated. I would still call the doctor and see what they say...

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check with your doctor to be sure that nothing is wrong. and giving a baby water is not a big deal.juice is not good for and baby or child. if you are breast feeding then make sure you are drinking enough water as well.

Angela - posted on 12/14/2008

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check with a dr or maternal child heath nurse .... i would be giving water to make sure there is no dehydration but 70degrees isnt hot ... up to 3 months a baby shouldn't need anything except for breast milk of formula

Tami - posted on 12/14/2008

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I agree with the zip up blanket. It has sleeves and looks goofy, but is the best thing for your baby because they can't get wrapped up in it. Soon, the baby can get mad at having their arms tied down. I would wake up in the morning and the blankets (swaddled extremely tight) would be around his neck. I am not sure what the miracle blanket is, but it sounds like it may be a little warm.

Are you nursing or giving formula? I too, would definitely stay away from water or anything other than the breast milk or formula. 7 weeks old is too weak of a system yet. Good luck!

Brenda - posted on 12/14/2008

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Babies of this age just need breastmilk or properly prepared formula> if you are breatfeeding its probably a change on your diet nothing to worry about it ,if you add something new to his diet try feed her just formula or breastmilk unless the pediatrician recomend something else. check her cues if you dont feel comfortable go to the ped.

Amelia - posted on 12/14/2008

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I'm sorry too, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with giving a baby a little bit of water. Just make sure it is boiled water (not straight from the tap) and at room temp. I was told to do so by my GP and mid wives.

User - posted on 12/14/2008

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To PP, I'm sorry but a 7 week old should not be getting any water (Breastmilk or properly prepared formula only).
The poop sounds normal to me, but i'd be concerned about the waking up sweaty. Maybe try putting her in zip up jammies without being swaddled or use a light blanket (nothing heavy to swaddle her).

Amelia - posted on 12/14/2008

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When my son was born he was bleeding from the bowels because of an immature gut lining. Once that stopped his poop went a little like that. I got from a book to give him a teaspoon of fresh squeezed orange juice, strained of pips, once a day and it seemed to fix him up (also is great for when the get clogged up). Also try some water at room temp to make sure she's not dehydrated. If your worried there is no harm in seeing a doctor. Better to be safe than sorry I say. As for her waking up sweaty, if the weather is not really cold there, maybe try dressing her in a singlet or light clothing and still swaddling her in a light wrap or blanket for security.

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Have you changed her diet? Added anything? Two things I would do - make sure she's getting enough actual water. And I'd call your dr's office just to be safe :-)

Kendal - posted on 12/14/2008

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nope normal hun .... it will change with the new things baby east and drinks ... its the body gettin use to new foods milk or juice i wudnt worry hun inless baby is in pain while pooin xxx

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