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My almost 8 week old usually only cries when he needs something, but since early this morning things have been different. Well, actually since yesterday he has had the occasional green stinky poop as well as the normal yellow poop. Today he has had only green stinky poop. It looks like the color of grass stains. This morning, he kept waking up every hour scream/whining to pass gas or poo, then go back to sleep. When he woke up for the day, he cries when he's in any position other than being held upright in my arms with his head on my shoulder and I have to be walking with him like this. I can't sit down with him, he starts crying. I can't put him down or hold him in cradle hold, he starts crying. I can't sit or stand him in my lap, or he'll cry. He's not usually like this! If he's not eating or sleeping, or being carried like I described, he's crying.

I'm assuming its colic, but that's just a guess. I'm a bit worried about the green poop. He cries high pitched cries and squirms a ton right before he poops or farts. I've read about foremilk/hindmilk issues, or food intolerances, but I don't know what it is that's causing this. I feel so frustrated from all the crying and having to walk constantly (which really hurts my arms and back after a while). I guess I just need support and someone to tell me it will end soon. It -will- end soon, won't it?

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Green poo can be an indicator of MANY things -- let me tell you, I've been experiencing green poop for over a month now, and have read, posted, and asked the ped about it.

If it is green and foamy, it can be an indicator of a hindmilk/foremilk imbalance. Block feeding can help.

If it is green and accompanied by a lot of gas/squirming, it can be an indicator that baby is sensitive to something in Mommy's diet. The most frequent culprit is milk/dairy (which I cut out, takes 2-3 weeks to get fully out of your system), and then soy, and other things. Did you eat anything different/new in the last few days?

If it's green, mucousy and baby is clingy, it could be an indication of a virus. My LO had a virus for 2 weeks and her poo was a slimy green with lots of mucous in it.

And....

Sometimes poo is just green. We dealt with all three of the above, and I'm block feeding, cut out dairy and other food products, and the virus is gone, and my LO still has green poo. But she seems healthy otherwise, so we're just going to ignore the green.

Momma.... hope that helps!

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Yeah, that sounds just like my guy too. His poops have gotten more watery green rather than mucousy green over the last few days - but not the seedy yellow I had hoped as I am on the TED (which is not great for a vegetarian!).
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Could also be yeast. Any of these problems could be helped by probiotics. Levi has has green poo for 7 weeks now and so far the only thing that's making it look better is the probiotics.

When L. is fussy like you describe, I will swaddle him then walk him or bounce on my yoga ball until he's asleep then I can sometimes lay him down. If I don't swaddle him first, he'll startle and never really calm down. Sometimes it works for 10 minutes other times it's an hour. I figure no matter what at least he's getting some comfort and rest.

Oh,wearing him froggie works sometimes too.

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Could also be yeast. Any of these problems could be helped by probiotics. Levi has has green poo for 7 weeks now and so far the only thing that made him better was probiotics.

Oh,wearing him froggie works sometimes too.
Weird that you mentioned yeast.. This past week, he's been getting medicine for thrush, and I am also taking medicine to get rid of yeast. I had just stopped his medicine on Thursday, the day the green poo started to appear. The dosage on the bottle had me confused. It said 1 ml on each cheek 4 times a day for 7 days. I've been using the dropper/syringe they provided to squirt 1ml on the inside of his cheeks. Does that sound like I misunderstood the dosage? Should it have been 1 ml PER cheek? The 7 days have passed (that's why I stopped using it) and there's still..about half the bottle left.

Also, where can I get probiotics for baby? How would I give it to him?

And by wearing him froggy, is that with his belly against my chest, his legs curled up, and his head on my shoulder? Because that's the only position he seems comfortable in now. I have a moby, but haven't tried wearing him yet. It would probably save my arms, huh?

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Green poo can be an indicator of MANY things -- let me tell you, I've been experiencing green poop for over a month now, and have read, posted, and asked the ped about it.

If it is green and foamy, it can be an indicator of a hindmilk/foremilk imbalance. Block feeding can help.

If it is green and accompanied by a lot of gas/squirming, it can be an indicator that baby is sensitive to something in Mommy's diet. The most frequent culprit is milk/dairy (which I cut out, takes 2-3 weeks to get fully out of your system), and then soy, and other things. Did you eat anything different/new in the last few days?

If it's green, mucousy and baby is clingy, it could be an indication of a virus. My LO had a virus for 2 weeks and her poo was a slimy green with lots of mucous in it.

And....

Sometimes poo is just green. We dealt with all three of the above, and I'm block feeding, cut out dairy and other food products, and the virus is gone, and my LO still has green poo. But she seems healthy otherwise, so we're just going to ignore the green.

Momma.... hope that helps!
Sorry you have to deal with this. This began with us much earlier but it was accompanied by some ezcema too. So I cut out all dairy, soy, peanuts, corn, gluten and eggs. After also realizing that tree nuts were a problem (though I have been so far able to add gluten and corn back in) and cutting those as well, now she is still gassy and squirmy when she poops, but it is no longer painful and accompanied by crying and fussiness. She also sleeps better and doesn't puke at all. Still have yet to try wheat, soy and dairy but peanuts, tree nuts and eggs are a no go.

But we still have greenish poops. Less than before - only in the morning and at night (she poops 5-7 times a day) and the rest are yellow. But they aren't bright green, more yellowish green. And tellingly for me, they don't hurt her. She squirms and grunts, but no crying. When I try to add things back in that don't work for her I am reminded the difference between her just having the time specific greenish poop and her having green poops that hurt.

I give her and myself probiotics daily and we still have the morning/night green in the poop.

This makes me think that at this point it is merely hind/fore milk imbalance since she goes longer between feedings at night and so I switch boobs so no one boob will explode. But I figure it's fine as long as she's not in pain and miserable.

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Weird that you mentioned yeast.. This past week, he's been getting medicine for thrush, and I am also taking medicine to get rid of yeast. I had just stopped his medicine on Thursday, the day the green poo started to appear. The dosage on the bottle had me confused. It said 1 ml on each cheek 4 times a day for 7 days. I've been using the dropper/syringe they provided to squirt 1ml on the inside of his cheeks. Does that sound like I misunderstood the dosage? Should it have been 1 ml PER cheek? The 7 days have passed (that's why I stopped using it) and there's still..about half the bottle left.

Also, where can I get probiotics for baby? How would I give it to him?

And by wearing him froggy, is that with his belly against my chest, his legs curled up, and his head on my shoulder? Because that's the only position he seems comfortable in now. I have a moby, but haven't tried wearing him yet. It would probably save my arms, huh?
I got mine at a local health food store, I'm pretty sure you can get them at whole foods or any place like that. It came as a powder and a little scoop, I mix it with water and feed it to him with a dropper. I've also heard of making a paste with it and applying it to your nipples before you nurse.

And, yes, it's time to bust out the moby!

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Certainly sounds like it was the yeast/med combo. Hope he is feeling better!

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He is not crying nearly as much, that part is back to normal

However, he still has green stinky poop, but it doesn't seem to bother him any more . I'll ask the doc about it at his apt Friday.

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