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Old 11-05-2014, 08:34 AM   #1
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Mucus on ebf poo

Sorry for this thread, haha, but could someone help me understand what mucus in ebf poo is like vs normal ebf poo? I am trying to figure out if what I have been seeing is normal ebf slimy poo or if that qualifies as mucus. Could someone explain the difference? Thanks!


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I read recently that when it's slimy it could be from a food allergy but I honestly don't know that's the first time I ever heard that I always thought it was normal but maybe something to look into!
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My LO had mucousy (and often green) poop along with mild reflux. We had the same problem with not knowing what exactly "mucousy" means, but our ped confirmed it. It was slimy, shiny, and viscous... it would stretch between the wipe and her bum/diaper when I was changing her, rather than just wiping off. Basically, it was like snot. It also smelled pretty bad.

I tried giving up dairy first, since that's the most common culprit. We saw improvement after a couple weeks, but it took 5-6 weeks before her poop became totally normal.
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Re: Mucus on ebf poo

Also, if baby is congested, that mucus drainage can end up in the poop.
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My LO had mucousy (and often green) poop along with mild reflux. We had the same problem with not knowing what exactly "mucousy" means, but our ped confirmed it. It was slimy, shiny, and viscous... it would stretch between the wipe and her bum/diaper when I was changing her, rather than just wiping off. Basically, it was like snot. It also smelled pretty bad.

I tried giving up dairy first, since that's the most common culprit. We saw improvement after a couple weeks, but it took 5-6 weeks before her poop became totally normal.
So it was a dairy allergy??
I generally don't buy dairy products except butter n I know when I go to town I get a panini with a bunch of cheese n a huge coffee (basically coffee milkshake) n my dd (it's happened with all 3 kids) gets a gnarly red bum rash n her poop is green n slimey n her tummy obviously hurts so I've been trying to cut dairy more n more n stay away from coffee but this is the first time I've heard of slimey poop having to do with food allergies! Sad!
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So it was a dairy allergy??
I generally don't buy dairy products except butter n I know when I go to town I get a panini with a bunch of cheese n a huge coffee (basically coffee milkshake) n my dd (it's happened with all 3 kids) gets a gnarly red bum rash n her poop is green n slimey n her tummy obviously hurts so I've been trying to cut dairy more n more n stay away from coffee but this is the first time I've heard of slimey poop having to do with food allergies! Sad!
She doesn't have a diagnosed dairy allergy, though I'm not sure if there even is a definitive test for babies. But yes, giving up dairy cleared up her tummy issues and improved her reflux symptoms a great deal. The protein in cow's milk is what babies are typically allergic too (as opposed to the lactose), but they often don't have an issue anymore once their digestive systems are fully developed and sealed. I'm hoping this will be the case for her! Dairy was probably my most intense craving while pregnant, and I was eating a ton of it right up until I cut it out when she was 6 weeks.

I can only have a small cup of decaf coffee every week or so, that's another thing that clearly affected her reflux. It does sound like your LO might be having a reaction to something you're eating. The bum rash is another sign I'd forgotten to mention.
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Re: Mucus on ebf poo

Yes, an intolerance to either dairy or soy protein can cause mucousy poo. A dairy intolerance can also exacerbate reflux. We had this issue with my LO. She had mucousy poo and I cut out both dairy and soy for 6 weeks, and it didn't help her poo, but her reflux decreased drastically.

Also, to clarify- it is not a dairy ALLERGY. It is an inability to digest the cow's milk protein (intolerance). Big difference. With a dairy intolerance, as the digestive tract matures, they are then able to digest the protein. In an allergy, the immune system is attacking the protein. They do not grow out of allergies.

Turns out, a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance can also cause mucousy poo, and it is much more common than dairy and soy intolerance. Do you make a lot of milk? Does your baby like to nurse for only a few minutes? These sorts of things can cause a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. Here is one good reference: http://www.milkworks.org/images/stor...ctober2013.pdf

Other things can cause mucousy poo also, like excess saliva production (think teething).
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Thanks all. That is what I am working on troubleshooting and is the reason for the question. I'm getting dairy out of my diet regardless, but mostly just curious what "normal" looks like vs "mucousy". So what I am hearing is that you would never use the word slimy to describe normal ebf poo... Okay then thanks everyone.


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Re: Mucus on ebf poo

I was told dairy and soy are very closely related so I got off both. I haven't seen improvement yet, but it's only been 2 days. I'm glad I came across this thread!
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I suspect both as well. We are still troubleshooting, because we have solids in the mix now too, but it does seem to be better without those 2.


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