Can Peppermint cause green stool in infants?

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Posted on Mon, 15 Jun 2015 in General Health
Question: My baby 4 month old burping a lot doing green poop strain while doing does once in a day but appreance is normal but not doing 3 times a day like before does in small amount gv him peppermint wid water
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Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
Not due to peppermint.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for trusting us with your health concern.
Your baby's green poop can result from too much lactose(sugar). High volume feeds are invariably, high lactose feeds. When the excess lactose enters your baby's colon there may be increased fermentation, resulting in colic, gas and loose, acid stools. Try to give your baby smaller milk based feeds for a few days.
The decrease in frequency of stools is a normal variation. If the stool is not hard then there is no need to worry.
Babies with an intestinal virus or even a simple cold will sometimes have green, mucusy stools. Teething can also bring about green stools due to increased saliva (can also cause tummy upset)
A recent change in the baby's diet may also cause change in stool color.
There is nothing much to worry. Just wait and watch for the stool color for few days to come back to normal on its own.
If it is associated with loose stools and fever with poor feeding of the baby then you must consult your pediatrician for further examination and treatment.
Please feel free to discuss further. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.
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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Rakhi Tayal 2 days later
Is it ok to gv my baby formula milk at night n rest oc the day breast milk or ge wl b constipated if both
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Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 37 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Avoid formula milk as much as you can.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Thanks for writing again.
You can give him formula milk during night time only if your breast milk is not sufficient. Formula milk can cause constipation. Breast milk is the best for your baby.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.
Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Rakhi Tayal 12 minutes later
Breast milk isenough only the thing he is getting pressure on hi gumsn he leaves to drink otherwise wl gv h breast mil in bottle
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Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 9 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Any gum problem is less likely.

Detailed Answer:
The baby does not have to put much extra effort to suck the breast milk. It is rather a healthy exercise for him. If there is any swelling of the gums then it needs to be examined to find out the cause. If the baby if holding and sucking the breast milk initially and then leaves after some time then it means that his stomach is full.
Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Rakhi Tayal 6 minutes later
Can i mix water in breast milk is tht ok if yes thn how much
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Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 6 minutes later
Brief Answer:
No.

Detailed Answer:
No. Do not mix water in breast milk. It does not need to be diluted. It is better to feed the baby directly from the breast rather than feeding with bottle. It can cause contamination of the milk and makes the baby more prone to infections.
Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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