Coping with changes: what to keep in mind about baby’s bowel movements

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MANILA, Philippines—A quick scan of parenting forums that Filipino moms frequent show that among the top questions asked have to do with changes in their baby’s bowel movement.  It’s certainly a topic of foremost interest and concern.

Health professionals say that an infant may go through a range of bowel motions depending on what the baby eats. When a baby’s diet is changed, it is normal to see changes in the color and texture of the stool. Quick rule of thumb: what goes in affects what comes out.

The more parents are aware of the factors which affect a baby’s still, the more prepared they’ll be for the normal changes that can be expected.  Most parents find it useful to introduce feeding changes gradually so the baby can adjust with ease. It also helps to alternate between the old and new feeds for a smoother transition.

Breast milk is best for babies and provides ideal nutrition. Good maternal nutrition is important for preparation and maintenance of breastfeeding. Professional advice from your doctor or health professional must be followed on infant feeding, should parents decide to try infant formula. (advt)

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