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Today 2 times while changing Elias's dirty diaper I've seen what look like blackish seed type things mixed in with the yellowish poop. It's not more foul smelling or anything and he seems happy and hungry and playful as always. Just wondering what they are and if any of you have seen them before?
Black specks in the diaper can sometimes be partially digested blood. If you get it more than once, I'd call your doctor's office. Sometimes they can run a test on the poop to get a better idea. It's usually related to food allergies.
I might also suggest to journal the food you are eating over the next few days to see if the black specks show up after any certain meals. It might help you to understand what to eliminate from your diet in the future if that is necessary.
If your baby has been introduced to iron fortified formula, there could be an iron imbalance. This can also be caused by too much iron in the mother's diet. This also causes black spots in the poop.
Sorry, one last edit...
Another cause of this could be blood from your nipples if you have dry, cracked, or bleeding nipples.
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My daughter had that and then at around 5 months she started having actual blood in her stool. I do think it was related to something in my diet, but I'm not sure if it was dairy in our case. I agree the food journal will help if it continues. She is 2 now and doesn't have any issues; a lot of times they outgrow it.
This poor kid I was afraid you'd say it was blood... And of course, it's the holiday weekend. Doctor is out until Tuesday. Should I call the On Call? Or is it OK to wait? I don't want to rush him into the ER or anything unless I should. But I don't want to wait too long either. He seems fine other than he fusses a bit more at night time.
I agree you're probably ok to wait til Monday if he seems happy and it doesn't happen repeatedly. If it keeps happening or he starts showing other signs of feeling ill, perhaps the on call would be a good idea.