My toddler’s poop is mucousy. Just recently she was constipated and at that time she also didn’t have much appetite. She is now back to normal with regards to appetite and constipation, but now her poop seems to be mucousy. Can you tell me why?
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Possible Reasons For Mucous In Toddler’s Poop
You don’t say if your daughter lacked appetite due to illness or due to her constipation. If she was ill, her stools can very well be mucousy due to a cold, for example.
Poor appetite can of course lead to constipation since the child eats less, and possibly also drinks less than usual.
If she merely lost her appetite due to constipation, this is a common situation. When most children get constipated they will not eat. Their intestines and stomach get packed up so they don’t feel hungry.
The intestines then produce a mucousy slime to help get the blockage out.
If the constipation or illness is now gone and your daughter is back to eating normal portions, her poop should also be back to normal within a couple of days. However, if you don’t know what caused her constipation, you’ll need to figure it out to be able to avoid it going forward.
Why Toddlers Get Constipated (Usually)
Often, toddlers get constipated due to the introduction of some new foods or the increase of some foods that are making stools harder. Dairy products are a very common reason for constipation, for example. Rice cereal too.
You can try to:
- Reduce dairy products,
- Use oatmeal instead of rice cereal, and
- Offer a lot of vegetables, fruits (except for unripe bananas), and
- Some whole-grain bread or brown rice and see if it helps.
- Also make sure she drinks plenty of water.
If she continues to be unwell, constipated or have mucous in her stools for more than a few days more, I would take her to her pediatrician to make sure everything is fine.
Hope this helps,
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