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Is his poo normal?

All parents are obsessed with their baby’s poo – they carefully observed the colour and consistency and wonder if it’s normal and if their baby is well. Thankfully, poos can be very varied and your baby can be absolutely healthy – variation is normal. But there are some things to look out for. Here’s a colour guide to help:

Green – This is usually nothing to worry about and can happen if you are breast feeding and taking iron supplements, or if your baby gets a very mild gut infection – she’ll feel well and her only symptom will be green poo.

Sometimes green poos are because of a more serious gut infection in which case your baby will have a fever (38 degrees C or more), will seem unwell and may vomit. If this happens take her to the doctor because there is a risk of dehydration which can be serious in small babies.

Blood – It can be very worrying to see blood in your baby’s poo but the cause is often due to breastfeeding and cracked, bleeding nipples which won’t harm your baby in any way. Blood in the stools can sometimes make them look black.

Bright red blood in the poo is often because of an anal fissure resulting from constipation, or sometimes a gut infection damages the gut wall resulting in bloody stools – your baby will seem unwell if this is the case.

Whatever the cause, always seek medical advice if you notice blood in your baby’s poo, although don’t panic too much because the cause is often non-serious.

White – This is the one to worry about because creamy white poo shows a problem with the liver so go to your doctor and take a stool sample.

He hates having his nappy changed

Changing your baby’s nappy starts to more difficult by the time he is six months when he discovers the joy of rolling over and begins to wriggle a lot more.

By the time your toddler is 18 months, this has often become a real battle mainly because your toddler is bored and would rather be playing that be stuck having his nappy changed.

Generally it settles down by about two when your toddler is able to enjoy a simple conversation and isn’t so obsessed with asserting his independence.