A Visual Guide on Baby Poop
Watery, Brown, and Loose Baby Poop
Diarrhea usually refers to 2 or more watery or loose stools being passed by your infant. Breastfed babies, more often than not, pass more than 6 stools per day. Up until 2 months of age, they may pass a stool after each feeding. But, if stools suddenly increase in number and looseness, suspect diarrhea.
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The stages of dehydration can change very rapidly, particularly for infants who are 3 months or younger. Therefore, if your baby is within this age group, and has experienced 2 or 3 diarrhea-filled diapers, or is experiencing diarrhea for more than a day, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Use the guides below to assess levels of dehydration and severity of diarrhea, in order to provide your infant with the right care for each situation faced. Delay or negligence in providing your infant with immediate treatment could potentially be fatal.
Mild: 2-5 watery stools per day
Moderate: 6-9 watery stools per day
Severe: 10 or more watery stools per day
How to Know if your Infant is Suffering from Dehydration
Dehydration refers to an extreme loss of body fluids. This can happen through vomiting and/or diarrhea. If you notice a loss of more than 3% of your infant’s body weight, he/she could be experiencing dehydration. However, mild diarrhea or vomiting, and a small decrease in fluid intake will not lead to dehydration.
The signs of dehydration include:
Decrease in urination (no urination in more than 8 hours) happens early in dehydration, or if urine appears dark yellow in colour. If the urine is light straw coloured, your child is not dehydrated.
Dry tongue and inside of the mouth. Dry lips also point to dehydration.
Dry eyes with decreased or absent tears
Depressed or sunken soft spot
Fussy, tired or showing signs of being sick
An infant with severe dehydration becomes too weak to stand. They can also appear dizzy when attempting to stand.
To test for symptoms of dehydration, use a slow blood refill test. First, press on the thumbnail and make it pale. Let go. Count the seconds it takes for the nail to turn pink again. Ask your doctor to teach you how to do this test.