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Bowel Movements in Infants After First Eating Solid Foods

by Melissa Willets, studioD

Transitioning to solid foods means what you find in baby's diaper may be very different from what you're used to. As HealthyChildren.org notes, you can say goodbye to the mustard-like surprises baby leaves for you post nursing or bottle feeding session. Instead, get ready to tackle bigger, stinkier messes that may have you wondering how a little munchkin even managed them.

Taking Care of Business

You may be used to changing just one or several dirty diapers per day. But when baby is first introduced to solid foods, according to HealthyChildren.org, the frequency of your hungry honey's bowel movements may change. Don't worry if you end up in front of the changing table more often or even less often. The reputable parenting site notes that this is normal for a tot who is starting to enjoy solids as a part of his diet.

Consistency Is Key

When baby switches from a liquid diet to one that includes baby cereal, fruits, veggies and even yogurt, his stool will become thicker in consistency as a result, as HealthyChildren.org notes. You may also notice that his dirty diapers reflect what he ate earlier. Oh, and those dirty diapers might get a bit more pungent, too.

Constipation Concerns

As baby's system adjusts to digesting solid foods, he may suffer from constipation as a side effect. AskDrSears.com notes that typical signs of this uncomfortable digestive dilemma are difficulty going -- baby may even draw his legs up, strain, or cry as he tries to go -- and infrequent bowel movements. If you suspect your cutie is constipated, contact your pediatrician to find out how to ease his discomfort. The doctor may recommend upping his fluid intake or adding more pureed fruits to his diet.

Rash Reaction

As the consistency of baby's stool is likely to change when he starts eating solid foods, his little bum may become irritated in his diaper. Indeed, as KidsHealth.org notes, the introduction of new foods is often the culprit of diaper rash. Ouch. If your baby's behind is sore and red, be sure to change his diaper frequently, dry his tush completely before re-diapering him, and use a diaper rash ointment to treat the area. Contact your pediatrician if the irritation continues.

About the Author

Melissa Willets has been writing about parenting, pregnancy and "all things mom" since 2009. She has contributed to many websites, including Pampers.com and WhatToExpect.com.

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