Looks like: Dirt, clay, or pebbles
Hard, pellet-like stools could mean your baby is constipated.
Occasional constipation is normal, especially with formula-fed babies, and when your baby transitions to solid foods. It could be a sign that your baby is not
getting enough fluid or that he is losing too much fluid from the heat, illness, or a fever. Occasional blood streaking on the surface of the stool can result when hard stools make tiny
tears in the soft tissues around the anus.
In a very young baby, consult your health care professional, who might recommend giving your baby small amounts of extra water. Give older babies plenty to drink.
Consider adding 1 to 2 ounces of prune or pear juice to your baby's diet. If your baby is eating solids, offer foods that are higher in fiber, such as fruit, vegetables, and whole grains,
and add puréed prunes to your baby's cereal. Check with your baby's doctor about altering your baby's diet or using juices.
Contact your health care professional right away if you see:
- • Blood or mucus in stools
- • Fever
- • Vomiting
- • Irritability
- • Refusal to eat
- • Decreased or dark-colored urine
- • Decreased activity