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This is a common concern when on iron supplements. Constipation and blackening of stools is a common outcome.
Right now you can only breastfeed your baby at regular intervals. Talk to your paediatrician, to help with passing stools. After proper evaluation, your paediatrician can recommend proper treatment for his constipation.
Passing motions after feeding is considered normal. This is because any act of feeding stimulates the whole gastrointestinal tract. Check to ensure his stool is soft, and greenish yellow in colour.
Continue feeding him at regular intervals.
Foamy stools, blood in stools or and struggle while passing stools should be all be shown to a paediatrician.
Breastfed babies pass motion infrequently. This is mainly because breastmilk is almost completely absorbed therefore your daughter will pass motion every few days. As long as it is soft and creamy there is no need to be concerned. Smell is normal when stool is passed.
Extremely foul smelling stools as well as bubbling within the stools is something that should be shown to a paediatrician. Everything else is a normal phenomenon. Make sure you continue breastfeeding throughout the day.
If your baby is passing plenty of loose stools in a day, then you should consult with a paediatrician. Your baby's stool might change from time to time, but there is no need to be concerned about it as long as he is he is hydrated well.
If the stools are foamy and contain mucus, and you notice that your baby is consistently passing this type of stool, you need to consult with your paediatrician.
Its normal refer the chart below.
Passing motion after feeding is a normal phenomenon, and right now there is no need to be concerned.
The main reason for this is because the whole gastrointestinal tract contracts after feeding. This is why you will notice him passing motion after feeds. As long as the motion is soft in consistency and it is green-yellow in colour there is no need to be concerned.
If the stool is hard and pebble like it could indicate constipation. You will have to check for blood steaks and mucus in the stool.
If your son is taking iron in the form of a syrup or having an iron-fortified formula it could lead to dark stools and even constipation. You have to give your son plenty of fluids and also increase the fibre in his diet. This should be an increase in fruits and veggies. This helps to increase the bulk in the stools and favour it's easy passage.
In such a situation anyways you need to consult with your paediatrician so that an analysis of the stool can be made and rule out any blood in the stool.
Yes, iron can blacken the stool. Iron can also lead to constipation. Therefore you should give your son plenty of water throughout the day to avoid constipation.
Has your baby recently started on formula milk or iron drops? These tend to increase the green colour of the stool. Formula milk contains iron which tends to make the stool more dark green in colour.
However, if the stool is soft in consistency and your son doesn't have any difficulty in passing stool there is nothing to be concerned about. If your son has difficulty in passing stool, you should consult a paediatrician who can have a look at the stool.
If your son is having more than 10 loose stools in one day, you should consult your paediatrician immediately.
It is possible that your son is teething and that is why he is passing loose stools. When babies are sprouting teeth they tend to put anything into their mouth, to help soothe their gums. And these include their unclean hands and toys. This causes them to pass loose stools.
Loose stools can also be caused by viral infections.
You should start with ORS and an increase in fluids during loose motions. And try a bland diet for a while. If it doesn't subside in a day or two you need to consult with a paediatrician.