One of the first indicators of human health is the state of feces - its color, consistency and smell. It is on the feces of a child that one can judge about the work of his intestines and overall well-being. Normally, the stools of children should be from yellow to brown. But sometimes parents notice a change in color, for example, a child's green feces appear. And then the question arises, why the child has green feces, what caused such changes? Let's consider the most probable reasons of occurrence at children of a green chair.
The first feces of a newborn child
In the first day of his life, a newborn baby gives out meconium, the so-called first-born feces. On 3-5 days he has a transitional stool. And only after the fifth day the children have a permanent chair.
Meconium is a thick, viscous, dark green feces in a child of the first days of life. Sometimes its color approaches a black shade, has no smell. This consistency of the stool is a physiological norm and should not frighten the mother.
Usually on the third day of a newborn's life, he has a transitional stool, also having a greenish tinge. It often can see small lumps of curdled milk.
And only on the fifth day of the baby's life he has a permanent chair. In the first 5-10 days, it often has a greenish-brown hue, which is within the normal range.
Green feces in a child of the first year of life
As you know, children of the first year of life can be breastfed or artificially fed. The question of why a child has green feces, worries many mothers who breastfeed their children. Specialists point out the following reasons for the appearance of this color of the stool:
- Natural functioning of the intestine. In the first months of a child's life, the microflora of his intestine is just beginning to form. This completely natural process is often accompanied by various changes in color and consistency of stool.
- Nursing mother's nutrition. A green shade of a baby's stool can give many foods to moms that contain iron or green pigment.
- Medications. In case the nursing mother accepts medicines containing iron, or antibacterial drugs, the baby's feces may turn green.
- Allergic reaction of the child's body to certain foods that mom ate the day before.
Green feces in a baby who has a foamy character and mucous impregnations, but without a sharp odor, may indicate a disbalance between the use of "front" liquid and "rear" thick milk."Back" breast milk is more nutritious, contains a large amount of fats and lactose. But since a child gets to it much harder, he often drinks the first breast and then requires a second one. As a result, the baby's body does not receive all the necessary nutrients, and its intestine, which is designed to absorb dense "rear" milk, does not function as expected. Liquid milk moves faster through the intestines, and the feces turn green and foamy consistency.
The green color of the feces in a child can be observed if there is lactase deficiency in the child. Milk contains a useful substance - milk sugar, or lactose. For its good assimilation, the body needs an enzyme called lactase, which can break down lactose. Often in the child's body there is a lack of it, because of which the absorption of milk sugar is violated and there is a bad tolerance of the products that contain it. Thus, lactase deficiency appears. It can be manifested by intolerance not only of breast milk, but also of cow's milk and infant formula. One of its symptoms is the green feces of the foamy structure, often containing mucus and undigested lumps of food. At the same time there are signs of anxiety of the baby, bloating, he is not gaining weight or even losing weight.
The newborn child's chair often acquires a greenish tinge after oxidation as a result of long exposure to air.
Cal children are on artificial feeding, more dense, yellowish color and with a characteristic smell of adult stool. Dark-green feces in a child on artificial feeding can be when fed with a milk formula containing iron. To check this, you need to change his baby food and control the color of the stool. If the shade of feces normalizes, then there is no reason to worry. In case the stool remains green, it is necessary to pay attention to the condition of the baby. Such changes in stools are often one of the symptoms of some infectious or inflammatory diseases. They can be accompanied by an increase in body temperature, a general deterioration in the child's condition, weakness, nausea and vomiting. Therefore, if all these manifestations occur, you should immediately consult a doctor.
Some mothers observe dark green feces in a child after introducing complementary foods such as green apples, pears or broccoli into their diet. Also, green inclusions in the unevenly colored feces may indicate too much sugar in the baby's menu.
Green feces in an older child
Green feces in a child after a year may be associated with some of the already listed causes, such as lactase deficiency, infectious or inflammatory diseases, allergic reactions of the body to food eaten. However, most often green stool appears after eating some food. First of all, these products include green vegetables( broccoli, salad, spinach), green apples and foods rich in iron.
Also, green stools in children can be after taking antibacterial drugs, preparations containing iron and some other medicines. Usually, the doctor warns parents about such side effects of ongoing drug therapy.