Baby Farts: Surprising, Sometimes Stinky, But Mostly Normal

Baby’s Smell Of Gas And Poop Formula Feeding

The smell of gas and poop formula feeding are not uncommon among babies. A few years ago I had a friend who was pregnant with her second child.

She told me she could feel something different when she went into labor, it smelled funny. When they were born both children had a strong odor of gas and poop formula feedings from birth until one day the mother began to complain that her daughter smelled bad. They were taken to the doctor and tested for poison ivy. The test results came back negative. The doctor told them that their daughter did have gas and poop formula feeding problems, but she didn’t have any poison ivy at all!

I remember thinking how strange that was because my own firstborn son had been poisoned by poison ivy when he was just two weeks old. My husband and I decided to look up what happened to our son.

We found out that poison ivy does cause poisoning symptoms in infants, but it doesn’t usually kill them. Poison ivy causes rash, itching, pain and redness around the mouth and eyes. However, it isn’t lethal. The most common symptom is diarrhea which lasts anywhere from three days to two months depending on the severity of the problem. If a child is allergic to poison ivy he or she might suffer from hives, trouble breathing, swollen tongue or throat tightness.

If your baby has the rash and it spreads rapidly, it is time to call the poison control center and take your child to the emergency room immediately because he or she could be experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction. The good news, however, is that poison ivy only affects about one percent of U.S.

children under the age of five. This is a very rare side effect and it is usually not an immediate reaction.

My first son survived but he got very sick with diarrhea and vomiting as soon as the poison ivy rash broke out on his body. My sister-in-law ended up having to take him to the hospital because I had taken cold medicine and couldn’t get myself together.

The rash was on his back, arms and legs and it looked like he had been burned with acid. It spread everywhere and even though we put him in the shower and gave him calamine lotion which helped a little bit, he was still really miserable. He was also cranky because every time he moved, he ended up touching the rash and it hurt.

The good news is that poison ivy usually goes away on its own after a few months or a year. If you catch it in the first three days, it can be treated immediately with steroids.

If your child is suffering from diarrhea, acetaminophen can help to ease the pain and reduce the fever. The rash usually does not spread to other parts of the body. If it does, the rash can appear on other parts of the body up to 48 hours after the first eruption. Calamine lotion may help a lot with itching and pain.

I remember going outside with a bottle of calamine lotion for my son. He was covered from head to toe in the stuff and he looked like a little ghost.

He never has had an allergic reaction again and he outgrew the rash by the time he was one year old. I also found out that my sister-in-law’s daughter had to be tested again for poison ivy three more times before she grew out of it and never had any more reactions.

If you have recently been exposed to poison ivy and you are experiencing a lot of itching and burning, you could be at risk for an allergic reaction. It’s good to keep an eye on your child and make sure that he or she doesn’t have any other symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue or throat, troubled speaking or swallowing, hives or rashes that look like a sunburn.

If your child shows any of these signs, it probably would be a good idea to call your doctor immediately.

You can also protect your child from getting poison ivy by avoiding the plants altogether. Tell your children not to touch the plants and wash their hands and bodies thoroughly after they come into contact with it.

Also, if you have animals, keep them away from areas where there may be poison ivy. A lot of animals tend to like the taste and will eat it.

Keep in mind that poison ivy is only one of many types of toxic plants in the world. While it is the most common in the U.S., there are several other toxic plants that you should also be aware of.

I’ve listed a few of them here:

SNAKEROOT

This plant is mostly found in the western and southwestern parts of the United States. It grows along the edges of fields and forests and has yellow blossoms and heart-shaped leaves that are about 2 to 4 inches long.

The root is what contains the toxic sap.

SENEGA ROOT

This is a fairly common plant in Midwest and Eastern U.S.

It has pink or purple flowers and the whole plant contains toxic substances. This plant was used in Native American medicine, but only the roots were used, not the leaves or the flowers.

NIGHTSHADE

These are fairly common plants found all across the U.S.

and in South America. Some of these plants are one of the most toxic plants. The berries can also be toxic, so make sure you keep your children from swallowing them. The part of the plant that contains the highest concentration of toxin is the leaves.

TOBACCO

This is a obvious one for some parents. If you or anyone in your family smokes or chews tobacco, it can be very dangerous for young children.

They should not be exposed to secondhand smoke at all.

These are just some of the more common toxic plants out there. There are quite a few others such as:

BLACK LOCUST

This is found mostly in the eastern U.S.

and has leaflets with a saw-toothed edge and flowers in long spikes. The bark, seeds, flowers, roots, and even the wood contain toxic substances. This plant causes difficulty breathing, swelling of the airway, and digestive problems.

CATTAILS

These are common in the central and western U.S.

and have long, thin leaves. The plant contains a toxic substance that can cause skin and eye irritation, pain or swelling when ingested, and even liver failure if consumed over a long period of time.

FERN

These are one of the most Toxic plants in the U.S.

The entire plant is toxic, including the roots. The plant contains carcinogenic lectins and hepatotoxins which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, dehydration, shock, and death.

MISTLETOE

This is a common Christmas decoration that can be very toxic. The entire plant contains toxic substances such as neurotoxins that can cause diarrhea, vomiting, muscle weakness, loss of vision, seizures, difficulty swallowing, and thyroid dysfunction.

WISTERIA

This is mostly found in the eastern U.S.

and has clusters of fragrant flowers. The flowers, seeds, and pods all contain toxic substances that can cause weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, and even death.

This is not a complete list of toxic plants or even the most dangerous ones. If you’re concerned about your child coming in contact with a toxic plant, you should probably do some research on plants found in your particular area.

For most people, this isn’t really something that’s important for them to know. You may never come in contact with them at all and just because one or two neighbors have a few weeds on their yard, doesn’t mean your child needs to be warned about them.

There are so many different dangers out there that it can be hard to keep track of them all and know how to protect your children from everything. It’s important to take threats seriously and to keep yourself informed, but it’s also important not to let fear guide your decisions or your actions.

Even though most of these dangers are real and out there, you don’t want to create unnecessary fear in your children or paranoia in yourself. The world can be a wonderful place if you prepared for the worst and still maintain a level of trust and joy in your heart.

Always keep that in mind.

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably noticed that there are some dangers that were mentioned in previous tips that haven’t been addressed yet. This is because those will be covered in the last two tips.

First, lets talk about drugs and alcohol.

Most parents treat this as a given and the “just say no” lecture has been preached to children since the beginning of time. While this is a good start, I’m not sure it’s enough.

For one, I feel like this talk doesn’t occur until much later than it should. By the time kids are teenagers, they have already been exposed to alcohol and drugs in some form for years. They know where to get it, how to get it, and how to hide it if adults try to prevent them from doing it.

Sources & references used in this article:

Your baby and child by I Banks – 2008 – Abacus

Eproctophilia in a young adult male by P Leach – 2013 – books.google.com

Farting as a defence against unspeakable dread by N Caruso, D Rabaiotti – 2018 – Hachette Books

All you need to find a kitten and raise a happy, healthy cat by MD Griffiths – Archives of sexual behavior, 2013 – Springer

On farting: Language and laughter in the middle ages by M Sidoli – Journal of Analytical Psychology, 1996 – Wiley Online Library

The sociology of odors by WDMC Smell, WTDIY Cat, S Bad – thehappycatsite.com

The sense of smell in the neuroses and psychoses by V Allen – 2010 – books.google.com