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Mom’s Question:
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

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.

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.

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Hope this helps,

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Comments for “Toddler Poop With Mucous”

Aug 21, 201718 month with snot poop

Our 18 month old girl has had diarrhea with mucus in it for 2 months now. We took stool samples a few days ago and are waiting for the results. Her pediatrician thinks she may have giardia, he is also testing for other parasites and food allergies

Aug 25, 2017Same for my boy
by: Anonymous

My son is 14 months and has had the same. We went to the doctors a couple of weeks ago but he said it was a stomach virus. Since nothing had changed and he was still going to the bathroom 6 time a day I went to another doctor and she said to try soya instead of cow’s milk for now. It did seem to help but he still poos three times a day not solid and with some sort of goo. Sometimes it’s like there is still food that has not been digested in his poo. I am going to go back to the doctors soon if things don’t get better. I don’t get too worried because he is in great spirit and is not loosing weight.

Aug 27, 2017my girl got mucous on her poop
by: Anonymous

I got a 2 yr old lil girl and these past few days she’s having a mucous on her poop and poop 7 to 10 times a day, but she still does all the things what she use to do every day she eats ok she plays just fine but when she poop that’s the biggest problem, she doesn’t even want me to touch her butt or put anything on here butt coz its really hurt, do i need to take her to the doctor? pls, I’m a new mom so I don’t know what to do.

Aug 28, 2017Cold or diet change
by: Paula (Baby Help Line)

To you who posted on Aug 27,

There are a number of reasons a child might have mucus in the poop. A cold, a stomach bug or possibly a diet change that includes something that the child’s stomach can’t really take. Have you introduced any new foods to her recently? If so, revert back to the usual diet, brand or whatever and see if the problem passes. If not, other possibilities are a cold or stomach infection. Also, if your child recently got antibiotics, mucus is a common side effect.

If none of this applies or if your daughter appears ill, go see a doctor to get it sorted out. Also, check if she has a rash since she seems uncomfortable when you want to clean her.
Good luck, Paula

Dec 27, 2017Mucous and some drops of blood
by: Nick

Hi, my son who is 20 months old he was having loose motions problem for 4 days in the meantime doctor suggest him entamizole 1tsp 3 times a day after 4 days nothing changed except my sons stool turned into dysentery including mucous and after one day it had some drops of blood in it then doctor stops the entamizole and suggest him the Flagyl and negram 1sp of each 3 times a day and this dosage is started since last day and I have observed the change which is he is not having the severe cramps in lower stomach and rectum he was active and he is active but getting weak I just checked his feces it had no blood drops thank God but it was loose and since he is having the upset stomach his feces color is green why is that? and i am not giving him the feed which is two times a day full bottle of Nido stage 1 my doctor told me to stop the dairy products till his feces becomes normal and let me add this from past 2 days he is passing stool twice a day one in the morning and in the late evening.

I am so much worried I am a single parent and I have only son please help me what should i do and suggest me and one more thing we are giving him white bread n butter in morning and very soft plain rice with butter added in the evening before getting ill I used to give him whatever I eat like normal n little spicy food he loves it and please suggest me what to give him to eat in the normal days as well.
Thank you very much. Regards

Dec 30, 2017Improving
by: Paula (Baby Help Line)

Hi Nick,

I am sorry to hear that your son has been so ill. From what you describe, though, it sounds like he is getting better. Continue to keep a close look at his progress and feed him the way his doctor suggested. Taking away all dairy is often quite good when young children have diarrhea because they can become lactose intolerant for a little while, making diarrhea even worse. Also, try to offer small meals, but frequently, to help his intestines get back on track.

In addition to what you already feed your son, you can try with bananas, and plain, full-fat yogurt (no sugar) with added probiotics if you can find, but discuss it with his pediatrician; yogurt is much better for his tummy than any other dairy products. Other foods are applesauce (not juice), white pasta and white potato are also good to mitigate diarrhea.

Avoid giving him any fruits that start with a P (peaches, pears et cetera), since they can make his diarrhea worse, as well as high fiber foods, apple juice, and apricots.

Hope your son will soon be better,

Jan 15, 2018changed baby
by: getting frustrated….

my baby will b 2 in a month and for about a month now she has had problems with pooping, she just literally woke up one morning and decided she wanted to change everything! she used to eat oatmeal every nite and she ate it for like 6 months type thing and she really seemed to enjoy it, then one nite she decides she doesn’t like it and still doesn’t, I’ve tried her with it numerous times, in numerous ways and still lost, now she doesn’t seem to have much of an appetite at all now and she doesn’t care to drink much either. I feel like I put my child to bed and woke up with a different one that looks exactly the same type of thing…
she doesn’t want to poop, if she has to and feels it coming she squeezes her lil cheeks together and holds it in and 2-3 days later I’m left with having to put a suppository up her bum and I don’t like having to do that to her, I’ve taken her to the emerg and they said its common for this age but none of her friends are going thru this and they prescribed her a stool softener liquid. so I took her to a walk-in pediatrician and he gave me a prescription for a powder “laxative” I’m guessing is wut it was and a list of foods to try.

I appreciate the different food options to try her on but she won’t eat anything! she won’t even eat foods she used to love!!!
so last nite my mom and I had stuck soap up her bum and she pooped twice! yay! but this morning when we woke up she had pooped again during the nite and there was a bunch of green mucus in her poop and it was runny….is there something wrong with her? am I doing something wrong?? can someone pls help??

Jan 18, 2018toddler poop with mucus

My 4 yr old tonight had pooped his pants we thought he had purposely pooped his pants cause he always goes by himself on the potty the only times he has pooped in his pants is when he’s outside playing and doesn’t take the time to go in and use the potty. when we stripped him down to bath I didn’t see poop I thought it fell out so I was looking for it and then took a closer look and his underwear was just full of slime mucus and his daddy was upset and I told him i think he couldn’t help it this time cause he didn’t see it and didn’t want to he gets disgusted with poop but should i be concerned/

Jan 19, 2018Stomach bug
by: Paula (Baby Help Line)

Hi Danielle,
It could be a stomach bug or something he has eaten. Don’t worry too much, this is the season for all such infections. And the facts that your son pooped in his pants isn’t very strange, he might have felt a need to release some air. You’ll know within a day or two if he is ill or not.
Best, Paula

Jan 20, 2018Incorrect Advice
by: Anonymous

No doctor, unless sure that your child is lactose intolerant should even tell you not to feed cow’s milk to a child, especially a child under 2 years old. When feeding a child soy milk they are losing out on so many nutrients and therefore need supplements to ensure they are getting enough. Just an FYI for anyone out there who is lactose intolerant, goat and sheep milk are a great substitute to cow’s milk. Goat and sheep milk don’t contain the lactose that the cow’s milk does that can cause the problems. That being said soy, almond and other such milks are not actually milk. They are created liquid from said products without the same nutritional value.

Jan 21, 2018for “getting frustrated”
by: Anonymous

My son started doing the exact same thing when he was about 2 – trying to hold his poop in and refusing to go. The same pinching of the cheeks, he would need suppository or time and then he would HAVE to go and it would be huge and very painful. 4 years later he is on a regular bowel schedule.

Here is what you do – they have to get cleaned out first, enema or suppository. Next you have to have them on a powder laxative int he morning with their first drink ( my son started with the adult dose per the GI doc and has tapered down to a teaspoon) It needs to be drunk within 10 min that’s why my son had it first thing, usually no problem drinking a glass of juice first thing. don’t put the laxative in milk, it does weird things tot he consistency. your child should have a bowel movement every day – at first very loose and over time it firms up. we also instituted “potty time” in the late afternoon/early evening as the laxative kicks in about 8 hours after he took it. this is a long process and I know a few people who have had the same thing.

Jan 23, 2018protein intolerance
by: Martha K.

Both of my children have suffered from milk/soy protein intolerance (MSPI). They could tolerate NO milk or soy products! In severe cases (like my children) MSPI can cause a baby to SCREAM in pain for up to 20 hours a day and it can make their poop green, with mucus in it, and sometimes they can bleed from it too.

With some children, it is discovered within a week after they are born and with some, it is not discovered until later, even up into their 2nd year in life. A lot of children outgrow it between 1 and 3 years of age. It is not something a lot of doctors know about.:( You can read about it in a book titled “Colic Solved” written by Dr. Vartabedian. You can also find info online about MSPI.

I have recently found though that a product called Digestive Health made by Core Health Products is EXTREMELY helpful. It has enzymes and probiotics in it. The reason that my children can not tolerate milk protein is that they do not have enough enzymes to break it down. With Digestive Health pills, they have improved by 90%!!! :) I am told by the owner of Core Health Products (Shan Stratton) that the reason so many children and adults have digestive problems or acid reflux is because they lack enough enzymes to break down their food.

Jan 23, 2018cows milk
by: Anonymous

There are more negative attributes to cows milk than positives. we do not NEED cow milk. We are the only species that take milk from another mammal after 2 yrs of age

Jan 26, 2018XRAYS
by: Anonymous

My toddler has the same thing going on and it turns out that he is so constipated that the slimy lining in his intestines are trying to help push that poop out and that is what is coming out. Also, he has loose stools coming out around the constipated poop, and he has been throwing up because the food has nowhere to go but up. He has been fevered because of the toxins in his body. It was first mistaken for the same things as you have all said. Ask for tummy X-rays. They were a saver for him!

Feb 28, 2018Baby poop
by: Ruth

My baby is 10 months.his poop is greenish smelly mucus like with white patches what might be the problem

Feb 28, 2018The possible cause of green poop with mucus
by: Martha K.

That certainly sounds like your little might not be properly digesting dairy (and maybe soy) proteins. That is what was wrong with my children and they had mucousy green poop and also blood mixed in sometimes. You might find my blog of interest. I created it so I could share with other parents what I found to help my children’s reflux and food intolerances. help4acidreflux.wordpress.com

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  1. Mary

    If your child has mucus in his/her diaper there is a good chance that your child has some food allergies. Have him/her checked by blood test.

  2. Karen P

    My son is two years old and just started daycare last week. This week his poop is loaded with mucous and has changed from a usual dark browny green to light brown and very loose. He has no fever or other symptoms. Should I be concerned??

    1. Erica

      My toddler is 2 years old and also has very loose stools which appear quite mucousy and light brown in color. This started after he went to nursery and has been going on for some time. I’m completely confused about what to do so if you find anything out about this type of problem can you post it onto here thanks, 🙂

  3. Sandra

    My son will be 3 in September, and for the past several days he has been pooping about 7 times a day and his poop is loose and slimy… It is making his butt so sore and red it makes him cry because it hurts so bad.

    He is eating normal, playing normal .. everything else is normal. I even checked to make sure he was not getting any molars, and he is not. I am starting to get a bit worried, anybody else ever have this type of problem? and if so.. do i need to take him to the doctors?

    1. Ann

      My baby is two and half and has had this same problem with poop about 7 to 10 times a day. Real soft slimy and frequent his lil butt is red from irritation so I’m using Burt’s bees and It works amazing but it burns a little when you first put it on. But I think there is a bug. going around

  4. Everyoneneedstostartbuttingout

    Dear Moms and Dads,
    Everyone is different, your personal feelings for or against a certain food/diet/etc. are not helpful nor very productive to the conversation.