Healthy Children’s Poop Colour Chart

Becoming familiar with your kid’s poos can really help you keep an eye on their health – it’s not the most glamorous job in the world! The ideal poop is a long sausage-like poop that they can pass easily and clean with 1 – 2 wipes. Their poops shouldn’t be watery soft and mushy (read up on diarrhoea). Nor should they be hard and pellet-like (learn more on constipation) – a one-off every now and again is mostly not a problem. But if you’re noticing your child’s poop has changed recently or have never been well formed, I suggest taking my on-line learning class and/or booking a consultation. .

 

Common things that can contribute to less-than-optimal poop includes:

  • ✅Dehydration
  • ✅Food intolerances
  • ✅Bacterial imbalances or gut infections like worms and parasites.
  • ✅Dysbiosis (the fancy way we say imbalance of bacteria living in the gut) which may be caused from antibiotics.
  • ✅Stress, anxiety, mood disturbances (and vice versa! The gut plays a huge role in our mental health so if you’ve started seeing behaviour that is out of the ordinary or suddenly different, this might be worth investigating)

 

 

The Colour of Poop and what it means

Ideally your child’s poop should range in colour from light to dark brown.  There can be minor daily variations which is often dietary related, for example if they eat red food such as beetroot or drink a green juice.

Black Poop

Black poop can be caused by medicine such as poor quality iron supplements. If the poop is well-formed there is usually nothing to worry about. However, if the poop is soft or liquid, runny or sticky this could be caused by old blood present in the stool from high up in the small intestine. Visit your doctor if there is blood in the stool to identify the source of bleeding.

Brown Poop

The gold standard. The brown colour is caused by bile, a substance that is produced by the liver to help breakdown and digest dietary fats.

Red Poop

Red poop can be caused by eating or drinking red food such as beetroot. If you are breastfeeding and have cracked nipples, the blood could also be present in your infant’s poop. Red poop may also indicate there is fresh blood present from the large intestine. Visit your doctor if there is blood visible in the stool to identify the source of the bleeding.

Yellow Poop

Yellow, greasy and foul smelling poop can be caused by excess fat in the stool because the fats aren’t being absorbed in the digestive tract.

Green Poop

Green Poop can also be caused by bile, the poop has moved too quickly through the gut and th friendly bacteria haven’t been able to breakdown the bile pigment to the ‘normal’ brown colour we expect to see.

Clay/Whitish Colour

Whitish grey coloured poop indicates a lack of bile. This may indicate a bile duct obstruction. To be on the safe side, visit your doctor for an examination.

 

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    • ✅ Skin Conditions – rashes, eczema, acne, pimples or allergic reactions
    • ✅ Moods – anxiety, depression or mood swings
    • ✅ Food Intolerances – identifying food reactions
    • ✅ Food Allergies – identifying food reactions
    • ✅ Growth and development issues – fussy eaters or nutritional malabsorption
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    • ✅ Energy – poor energy or chronic fatigue
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    • ✅ Sleep – trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

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