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?
Possible Reasons For Mucous In Toddler’s Poop
Two common reasons for mucus in toddler poop are infections and constipation. Two other reasons are teething or possibly a sensitivity to some foods, for example, cow’s milk. There are also more serious reasons for (large amounts) of mucus in a toddler’s poop, such as some bowel inflammatory disorders.
Mucus is not the most common sign of milk protein allergy, but constipation may be a symptom. Read more about milk sensitivity in toddlers here.
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 her 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.
If her poop becomes very mucousy or you find blood in her stool, definitely have her checked by her doctor.
What to Do About Mucousy Toddler Poop
Treatment obviously depends on what is causing the mucus. In many cases, no treatment is needed at all. Stomach infections and colds heal on their own, usually and your child’s stool will go back to normal over time. One possible way to help your toddler heal is to give her probiotics (like these ones at Amazon).
If the mucus is due to constipation, mitigating this issue will of course also has a positive effect on the amount of mucus on her stool.
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.
I have added a list here below of books to check out that all deal with kids’ potty issues.
Hope this helps,
Helpful Resources on Baby Poop
If you want more in-depth information and tips on baby poop issues, here are a few books to check out. (Links to Amazon)
- Baby Poop: What Your Pediatrician May Not Tell You … about Colic, Reflux, Constipation, Green Stools, Food Allergies, and Your Child’s Immune Health.
- Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year.
- The Ins and Outs of Poop: A Guide to Treating Childhood Constipation.
- It’s No Accident: Breakthrough Solutions To Your Child’s Wetting, Constipation, Utis, And Other Potty Problems.
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