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Frothy stools in infants

A newborn child one concern: to sleep, eat and defecate. He could Wake up every 20-40 minutes every time to breastfeed and then – to poop. Here’s not a very fun life, the infant in the first months (with frequent stools was noted only in the first 6 weeks, and then becoming rarer), but the mother are all equal. And because a third of the infant’s existence is defecation, stool infant parent deserves close attention.

We have already talked about the fact that feces of the newborn have the right to be almost any color, though ideally, of course, must fit in a range of shades from light yellow to brown. But the consistency of it is more or less clear: it’s considered normal mushy stool. An often used example – “as apricot puree”.

Due to enzyme deficiency small intestine is not able to work ‘Mature” so that every possible “surprises”. Mucus, fragments of undigested food, blood, too watery or frothy stools should attract your attention. But focus should always be on the health of the child and the presence/absence of additional related symptoms. Because in nearly all cases “suspicious” of stool may be normal – in a few forms. And if you occasionally see a newborn child frothy stools with no other worrying signs – do not dwell on it. But if frothy stools has an unpleasant smell and a dark green color or if it occurs constantly, you need to look for a reason – so they say pediatricians.

Don’t fear the foam

By itself, frothy stools rarely threatening symptom. This occasionally can happen: the baby intestine improved, trains, experiencing its capabilities. Just a bit, create a chair, the child may react to a new product in the diet of mothers or their own. Watch this and adjust the power.

Iskusstvennikh could not be suitable mixture, then in defecation may also receive the foam. If the baby is breastfed, it can be observed from conventional pacifiers or water (many mothers noted frothy stools after giving the child the article opens). Modern pediatricians do not recommend to enter in the diet of children anything up to 6 months if mother’s milk is enough for saturation. But the catch is that with this lotion may also be problems with the consequences in the form of a foam chair (and not only).

The imbalance of breast milk

Experts split breast milk on the front and rear. First breastfed baby is drinking, the second – saturates. Front milk is rich in vitamins, minerals and other necessary substances, chief among them for baby carbohydrate – lactose. However, digested it quite difficult – only under the influence of the enzyme lactase. In a small amount of lactase produced by the child’s body. But this is not enough for splitting all lactose coming from breast milk. Therefore, the missing number of an enzyme comes from the hind milk, and thus all is absorbed.

But it happens that the child reaches the second rich milk that contains lactase, and is content with only the first – front. Doctors call this phenomenon in different ways: by an imbalance of breast milk, lactase deficiency, malnutrition. The meaning is the same: the child eats not – this time coming lactose cannot be broken down – that’s two. Hence the cramps. bloating, indigestion and frothy stools.

If frothy stool has acquired a dark hue – so the child eats not. Foamy chair with a sour smell – one of the signs of lactase deficiency. To determine the LF is very simple – give the child’s stool on the analysis of carbohydrate content.

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Do not worry in case of confirmation of lactase deficiency in the baby. All of this is fixable and in no way is a reason for abandoning breastfeeding. Moreover, for the second month this violation must pass. If this does not happen, refer to the experts for advice. A lot of useful information you will find online. All we need – to adhere to a special feeding regime (complete emptying one breast before giving the other) and help your child further by the introduction of lactase.

Other causes frothy stool in children

I should say that if lactase deficiency there are no impurities in the chair, for example, mucus. Only frequent watery frothy stool with a sour smell. If you notice other disturbing you and the child’s symptoms, it is necessary to find out the cause of their appearance. So, frothy stools in infants may occur in the following cases:

Dysbiosis. A very controversial diagnosis, many modern pediatricians do not recognize its existence at all. However, others say that the liquid frothy greenish stool with mucus and a pungent odor accompanies this dysbiosis. Also in the faeces can be observed fragments of undigested food, diarrhea followed by constipation. On whose side to stand and believe in the existence of dysbiosis – every mother decides. Staph. Against the background of other signs of staph can be observed and frothy stools in children. But, of course, this trait cannot be considered as absolute presence of staph, but only in combination with other symptoms. Intestinal infection. In this case, the green chair will not just foam, but certainly liquid and frequent – up to 10-12 times a day, maybe even with blood impurities. At the same time raises the body temperature, and observed other signs of infection. Medicines. Frothy feces, the child may respond to drugs that you have taken yourself or give directly to him. A food Allergy. If you still continue feeding the baby, any of the products (including milk ) can cause an allergic reaction, one manifestation of which is frothy stools. Often this is observed at introduction of cow’s milk. Enzyme deficiency. The condition and symptoms are similar to lactase deficiency, but the violation occurs much less frequently. In this case, not enough other enzymes – sucrase, isomaltase, and other. Manifested after the introduction of new products (including sugar) in the diet of the child.

Become a doctor

Most importantly, do not jump to conclusions and actions. A hundred times weigh and assess the situation and only then make a decision about treatment. Often frothy stools brings no discomfort and anxiety to the child and eventually disappears as it had appeared, without any apparent reason.

From personal experience I will say that I’m his daughter treated and mythical goiter, and atopic dermatitis, and much more. And only years later realized that, most likely, it was the imbalance of breast milk.

No matter how much we talked about the need for medical care, but is a major decision and all responsibility remains only for us. I wish you wisdom and patience and I recommend never, under any circumstances, to abandon breastfeeding. Find moms who have been through similar, and rely on their experience. And he, in a sense, the experience says that very often frothy stools in infants takes place without any treatment, but certainly justified a deliberate mother’s diet and feeding tactics.