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    Default Undigested food in stool

    My 13 month old has been eating solids for about 3 months. She still gets much of her nutrition from bm. She has a very (well, compared to other babies I know) fast transition time. It takes about 12 hours for most food to go through her system. She poops about once a day, sometimes twice.
    My concern is the large amount of undigested food that regularly appears. She has only ever had one or two stools that were anywhere near solid. Peas, spinach, broccoli, even the scrambled eggs from dinner last night regularly come out wilted or discolored but looking much like they did going in.
    How much of this is normal? Should I be concerned and seeking out causes, or is she going to just grow out of this?
    She has always been chubby and in the 90th percentiles for height and weight.
    Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

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    Default Re: Undigested food in stool

    My 10 mo old does the same thing. I haven't worried about it - he gets all the nutrition he needs from my milk still! From what I've heard, YouTube experience is pretty normal. I even heard of a full grape appearing ... After lo ate raisins.
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    Default Re: Undigested food in stool

    Yeah, there's a lot of food that our LOs just cannot quite digest yet... We often see many whole or barely scuffed-seeming foods come right out the other end! Grapes (aka. raisins originally ) were a big thing for us. Then I started slicing up the raisins for their morning oatmeal and much less comes out. Digesting the skins of food is tricky, so grapes, peas, tomato skins, etc. generally come straight out. We found in particular that making sure those foods were well-mushed or shopped helped aid in digestion because the babies could access the insides rather than their guts trying to break through the tough outer skin. We tend to get oatmeal and scrambled eggs out as well sometimes. Some days no, it seems to process better. Some days I feel like everything runs straight through them!

    Anyway, that's my ramble on foods coming out in diapers! I wouldn't worry at all. It sounds like your DD is a normal healthy little girl! She'll grow out of it and slowly will be able to process more foods as she grows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*auderey View Post
    I even heard of a full grape appearing ... After lo ate raisins.
    That was my kid, and it wasn't just one ex-raisin, it was a lot of them. Just remembering it makes me laugh!

    Totally normal to see a lot of barely digested food in the poop, especially with a young baby who has yet to master the art of chewing and may not have her molars yet. A lot of the work of digestion goes on in the mouth.
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    Yeah, DS is over 2, and large chunks still appear. Early on, we went to hang "clean" diapers on the line and found green beans. Our washing machine doesn't handle chunks that big.

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    Default Re: Undigested food in stool

    about the grapes and the green beans!

    my baby doesn't chew much. some food gets digested (pasta, meats), but i do see carrots and spinach. i guess the vegetables are tougher to digest. i wonder if she still absorbs some of their nutrients even without digesting them fully. maybe the vegetables "steep" their nutrients inside her like teabags...

    this thread is so funny.
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    Yay! I won't worry.
    This is hilarious.

    Thanks for responding!

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    I'm not sure it ever really ends....it's just that once they potty trained you are no longer looking at it every day.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    My son is 14 months old and has had severe dirrhea since he was 10 months old. He was hospitalized in january due to dehydration. I constantly find undigested food particles in his diapers. Carrots, jello, potatoes, peppers, zucini, apples, etc.. Pretty much everything. It worries me because it seems EVERYTHING goes straight through him, and i wonder if he is even absorbing the nutrients from the food, especially when majority of the undigested foods are veggies or fruits. He went to a GI specialist last month and was diagnosed with IBS....Is anyone else having similar problems?

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    Are you still breastfeeding him?

    Way too lazy for formula

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