Are you wondering whether mucus in baby poo, blood in breastfed baby stools, or green baby poop is normal? Or perhaps you’re now at the point of searching for milk allergy baby poop pictures to help you figure out what’s going on for your little one.
You’ll most likely be feeling anxious, concerned, and probably exhausted too. I’ve been where you are, and I understand the worry and apprehension only too well.
On the one hand, you don’t want there to be anything wrong with your infant; on the other you’d be relieved at this point to finally have some answers for what’s going on. Especially if one of the current issues you’re dealing with is colic, which can be another allergy symptom and in my experience is totally draining.
It can sometimes be really helpful to make a visual comparison of specific conditions with your own baby. For more information about allergy symptoms as well as pictures of the differences between a cow’s milk protein allergy rash and other skin conditions in infants, see my post about the signs of a dairy allergy.
This information is based on my experiences with my allergy baby and should not replace the advice of a health professional.
A Milk Protein Allergy Poop Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
In this post I’m focusing on another more delicate symptom: your baby’s dirty nappies. Because, while rashes are a helpful diagnostic tool, a holistic approach is going to be far more use in helping to identify what’s going on for your baby. Keep in mind the only definitive way to confirm an allergy is via an elimination diet.
But when it comes to baby poop, what’s normal, and what’s not?
What Does Milk Allergy Baby Poop Look Like?
Well, to be blunt, it’s not pleasant.
That said, it’s important to note that not all babies with a dairy allergy will also present with the types of nappy which are often associated with cow’s milk protein allergy. It’s necessary to look at all of your child’s symptoms together in order to make an informed guess at the issue, and then take your suspicions to your GP or a paediatrician for a formal diagnosis.
It’s worth noting also that with or without a diagnosis from a qualified doctor, the only was to definitively confirm an allergy is by eliminating the allergen and observing an improvement in/resolution of symptoms.
Distinguishing Features of Milk Allergy Baby Poop
Typical characteristics present in the dirty nappy of a baby with a dairy allergy include:
- Green stool (diarrhoea),
- Bloody stools,
- Mucus in the stool.
Milk Allergy Baby Poop Pictures
Okay, it’s a bit grim, but the reality is you need to see what you’re dealing with. Following are some examples of the types of dirty nappy you can expect to see from infant’s with a milk allergy:
Blood in Breastfed Baby Stool
Blood in your baby’s nappy is not a reason to panic and does not necessarily point to an allergy. I recommend seeking professional advice from a health professional for guidance if you’re concerned, but it’s worth being aware that the following can cause blood (or a red colour) in a baby’s stool:
- Some red foods in the mother’s diet (breastfed babies),
- Bleeding nipples in the mother (breastfed babies),
- Constipation and straining,
- Diarrhea (do not ignore in a baby as this might indicate an underlying issue and may lead to dehydration which can be serious),
The blood or red colour can be harmless, but it’s sometimes a clue to an issue that needs to be addressed. If you have any doubts seek advice from your GP or health visitor.
Green Baby Poop
Green baby poop can be fine; it’s sometimes an indication of over-supply in a breastfed baby (mum will likely be aware of this!), or may occur with antibiotics taken by mum or baby.
However green baby poop along with other symptoms can also be a sign of an allergy.
Mucus in Baby Poo
Mucus in baby poo is often a symptom of a dairy allergy.
For more support with feeding and caring with an infant with cow’s milk protein allergy, the following posts may be helpful:
You may also find it helpful to keep a record of your/you’re baby’s diet whilst going through the process of confirming an allergy. I designed this allergy food diary specifically with breastfeeding mums in mind.
Finding out your baby has an allergy is daunting and stressful, but knowing what you’re dealing with makes it that much easier to manage. You will get through this.