The Color of Baby Poop: What Does It Mean?

PoopColorsPosterCROPPEDYes, you should pay attention to what shows up in baby’s diaper. Except upon the introduction of formula or solid foods, any variance in the color of baby’s stools indicates that something’s off—from a slight irritation to a dangerous disorder.

The most common color variance is green—from a brilliant lime green to a dark forest green, with various meanings. Other stool colors can arouse concerns from a bile duct obstruction to malabsorption; from an intestinal obstruction to bleeding high in the digestive tract or bleeding in the lower bowels. From yellow to silver to pink, the color tells a large part of the story of your baby’s health status.

Green Poop

Mustard Yellow Poop

Port Wine Purple Poop

Violet Poop

Black Poop

Silver Poop

Pinky Red Poop

Orange Poop

Brown Poop

Dark Green Poop

Red Poop

Maroon Poop

Technicolor Poop

Gray to White Poop

Pale Yellow Poop

What is POOP? Poop

For the whole story, pick up a copy of “Baby Poop” — wherever fine books are sold.


  • Lola Rivera March 30, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Ok my 6 month old has purple and blue stool..a couple of days in a row. What does it mean? Anybody know?

  • Linda Palmer April 2, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    You can click on “violet,” above, for some ideas. The good news is that it’s likely nothing that is challenging baby’s health. The coloring is likely coming from something in her diet, or possibly something strongly colored in breastfeeding mom’s diet. Pedialyte may color stools. Eating berries? Play doh? Grandma may be sneaking in some colorful candies, popsicle, grape soda, or icing. There’s a possibility that she’s found something colorful and non-color-fast to suck on. There were problems for a while with children thinking laundry pods were candy but I believe their sale has been discontinued. Happy Parenting — Linda Palmer

  • Alaa April 17, 2018 at 6:42 am

    My baby is 7 months old
    There was dark blue powder or fine crystals in her poop evenly distributed
    What does it mean??

  • Linda Palmer April 17, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    There is no actual physiology (like bleeding, jaundice, etc.) to cause blue color. Some parents describe little purple threads after eating first bananas. This doesn’t sound like what you are describing though. My first guess would be that she’s been sucking on someone’s eye shadow. There is a bright blue pigment seen after a treatment for heavy metal poisoning. I would think you’d know, however, if baby were receiving that “Prussian blue” treatment, or colloidal silver treatment.

  • JOE May 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    WUT!!! WOAH

  • Reesa October 21, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Hi my baby is almost 7 months old and was pooping a green colour. He was also throwing up. Now his poop his a whitish clear colour. Can anyone assist?

  • Jabu December 13, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Green poop means what

  • Jabu December 13, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    From yellow poop to green stools
    What does that mean

    • Linda Palmer December 15, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      Click on the green band up above, where all the colors are listed.

  • Leema February 18, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Hi… My son now 7 the month running now I’m giving formult milk … 3 times he did toilet that colour was pale yellow colour… Now what to do……

    • Linda Palmer February 18, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      Hi. Chances are your son is perfectly healthy but it may be a good idea to run this by his doctor. Pale yellow poop could represent a pancreas problem, a blocked bile duct, or fatty stools from a malabsorption problem such as celiac disease. These are all treatable but better caught sooner.


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