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Jane asked:
Good day, I would like to ask, I had started soild food with my now 6 mths plus baby girl. In fact, we had started her on solid food since she was 4th mth old as she refused milk. Mainly, we gives her porridge with fish, pork, carrot and spinach, she is taking it well but the problem is, whether we gives her, her next poop will be what she eaten.
She eat carrot, carrot would be in her poop. I would like to know if this is normal? Is it that something is wrong with her digestive system???



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Arora Valley answered:
Thanks for your question! Our Healthcare Expert will be answering some questions every week but in the meantime, here's a little tip from our Careline! Let us assure you that everything you describe may be perfectly normal. Upon introducing solids to a baby’s diet, bowel movements can alter in colour, odour, consistency and frequency on a day to day basis, and there is usually nothing to worry about. Solid food means solid waste and most likely firmer, less frequent bowel movements. Some foods will appear in the stool undigested, and you may see peas, corn or tomato skins in your baby's poop. As your baby tries more textured foods, you'll find that those rich in fibre, such as raisins or baked beans, will pass straight through, until her digestive tract develops enough to deal with them more efficiently. However, If your baby has a lot of gas, diarrhea or is constipated after eating specific food, do consult your pediatrician.


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Liew_Woei_Kang answered:
Food found in stool is fairly common. If the baby is growing well, no diarrhea or constipation, I would not worry. As the baby's digestive system is maturing, food may sometimes not be fully digested and get passed out. The advice is kept general and not a substitute for a consultation. Kindly consult your doctor or paediatrician as a detailed history and examination is important to come to a diagnosis and treatment plan.


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mamasmurf answered:
Hi mum, When I started my baby on solids after 6 months, her poop dramatically changed. Since little ones aren’t the most adept chewers, it’s common to see bits of food in a dirty diaper—even entire beans or chunks of fruit. This will change when she gets older and is able to digest fibre more efficiently.


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