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

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30 Comments

  • 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?

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    • Gabe. K August 14, 2019 at 11:13 pm

      Bananas seem to turn the stool purplish

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      • Linda Palmer August 15, 2019 at 11:26 am

        Yup. Isn’t that strange? Other times bananas make tiny black strings in the poop that look like they could be baby worms.

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  • 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

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  • 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??

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  • 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.

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  • JOE May 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    WUT!!! WOAH

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  • 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?

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  • Jabu December 13, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Green poop means what

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  • Jabu December 13, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    From yellow poop to green stools
    What does that mean

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

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

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  • 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……

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    • 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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  • Alyssa March 2, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    My 2 month old baby’s poop is a dark green chalky pasty color. We switched her formula 5 days ago, is this too much iron? She did also have today a bit of yellow seedy poop right after the dark green came out. She does have silent reflux.

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    • Linda Palmer March 2, 2019 at 5:49 pm

      If the formula is her only food, it’d be unusual to have the yellow after the green, if the formula were causing the green. I’m suspecting that was a transient adjustment period and things are going to be more yellow. Let me know if the green comes back.

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  • Melinda Muriel March 13, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Hi, my 4 month old has been having metallic looking chunks in her poop for the past few days. She isn’t on any medication and her diet has not been changed at all. Is this a serious cause for concern?

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    • Linda Palmer March 13, 2019 at 9:12 am

      According to text books, poop that is silver or aluminum in color occurs when a bile obstruction is coupled with the presence of digested blood. Typically, digested blood turns brown stools into black, but it turns white stools (from obstruction) into silver. I would expect most of the stool to be very light in color, though, if obstruction were the case, unless these chunks remained from an obstruction that has cleared. That’s just conjecture though.

      I would do a hunt around the home and any daycare, and quiz family members, to see whether she has found something metallic-looking to chew on. This is my best guess. Something in her jar of babyfood? (Do you have another jar of the same?) If nothing is found, she should probably be seen by a doctor very soon.

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  • Carrots And Acid Reflux In Babies – Acid and heartburn blog March 16, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    […] The Color of Baby Poop: What Does It Mean? –. – Yes, 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. […]

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  • Abeerashahbaz April 16, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    My baby poop light bluish grey poop what it means

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    • Linda Palmer April 17, 2019 at 10:13 am

      First look to any medications your baby is on, including antacids. Otherwise, if there is truly a whitish grayness (even bluish) to the poop, there’s a possibility of a bile duct blockage in the liver. It’s not an immediate emergency situation but definitely something that needs to be brought to the doctor very soon, to find out whether this is the case. Doctors typically don’t like to see babies’ poop brought to them but this is the only evidence you have. I would do it, unless your baby is turning yellow (then they do not need to see the poop). If it’s truly a bile duct blockage, the whites of your baby’s eyes should begin looking yellow, as well as parts of his upper body.

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  • Sachin April 22, 2019 at 8:07 am

    My 11 month baby boy has dark green potty..is it normal or any health issue.plz tell me in detail .i m giving him cerellac 2 times in a day

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    • Linda Palmer April 22, 2019 at 10:48 am

      If your baby has become fussy or colicky, or has developed rashes, along with the green stool, you might want to consider whether he is reacting negatively to any food. The Cerelac has milk, rice, and corn (maltodextrin), so it could be suspect. Most likely, however, the dark green is coming from the iron supplement in the cereal. If lots of iron is showing up in the stool, that means it’s not all being absorbed; suggesting that it’s more than baby needs. Is he also getting high-iron formula or iron supplements? Excess iron is not a great health concern but it IS oxidizing. Usually we like antioxidants for best health. Vitamin C is a harmless and useful antioxidant that you could consider adding to his diet. It helps iron absorption as well.

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  • Zainaab Temiope June 9, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    I noticed my 7 month old girl’s poop sometimes appear ash in color. Not all the time but once in a week. what can be the cause?

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  • Linda Palmer June 10, 2019 at 11:14 am

    By ash, I assume you mean dull gray, and not black. Black is blood. Your daughter could be experiencing some transient pressure on her bile duct. The bile brings color to the stool. Pressure on the bile duct can occur in the liver, pancreas, or small intestine. Since it comes and goes, it could very well be something simple like a swelling lymph node; possibly in response to some food reaction or other kind of allergy. Look for any yellowness in her eyes or skin. This would confirm some increasing blockage of the bile duct and suggest a need for some blood tests and maybe an ultrasound or other study.

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  • lindelwa Matimba July 9, 2019 at 8:37 am

    my one month baby has not poo for a day,he is mixing breast feeding and formula feeding.his poop is clay and silver in colour and sticky mustard yellow with white things..his is on medicine of bonnisan

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    • Linda Palmer July 9, 2019 at 11:16 am

      It’s very, very common for babies not to poop for several days. Some may go 10 or more days on a regular basis and grow up to be healthy and fine. There IS a difference between “common” and ultimately normal health. There are some things I could mention, if it’s been maybe 3 days or more, but the one day shouldn’t be a concern. Let baby tell you if he’s feeling well or not, through his behavior. That herbal remedy sounds fine. I AM a little bit concerned about the silver color. If you see it again, in any volume, as opposed to little flecks, it’d be best to talk to the baby’s doctor about it. There could be a little inflammation around the gallbladder area.

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  • Mafai July 22, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Hi, my baby has been on solids for a month now and today she had a late amount of dark green poop following a small amount of her usual warm brown stool. The poop was very mushy and looked powdery at the top. She’s breastfed and had only eaten cooked pears, pumpkin, carrot, potato and Bellamys Organic baby cereal with Apple and cinnamon. The cereal was eaten for breakfast and is a new flavour to her today. The potato and carrot was for dinner but the poop hastened right after dinner so I doubt it could be this as it is too soon. I give her water mixed with her cereal and not milk. She has reduced absorption also and lactose intolerant. Is this normal?

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    • Linda Palmer July 22, 2019 at 9:53 am

      It’s incredibly rare for a baby to have true lactose intolerance, other than a temporary case after diarrhea. A baby that responds negatively to cow or goat milk is reacting to the milk proteins. Are you sure there are no milk products (whey, casein, yogurt…) in the cereal product? Is this cereal grain pretty new to baby? i.e. wheat, rice, corn… It can take a few exposures before one reacts, if reactive. It could also be a coincidental little GI virus. You’re doing just the right thing to watch and keep track of how baby reacts to what, when. It’ll take you some time and observation to figure this one out but she’s a lucky girl to have an observant and aware mom.

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  • Catherine November 7, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    My 5 week old little boys poo has turned a pale yellow (from a mustard yellow). He began Lansoprazole 48hrs ago-could this be the reason for the change? Many thanks

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    • Linda Palmer November 7, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      Yup, most likely that’s it. The antibiotic changes the flora balance. You might want to take probiotics, if you are nursing, to boost the amount in your milk; boosting the probiotics available to baby’s gut. This can help speed the recovery of his gut flora.

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