red diaper

It’s rare, but it’s real: Baby’s diaper can turn pink overnight. And so can your nursing pads. But before you panic, no, it’s not because of blood. If you’ve totally ruled out any red foods you’ve eaten as the cause, it may be a case of Red Diaper Syndrome.

Never heard of Red Diaper Syndrome? It’s caused by bacteria called Serratia marcescens. When S. marcescens makes its way into an infant’s gastrointestinal tract, the result is a pinkish reddish diaper that will probably totally freak you out. Even weirder: The pink coloration might not set in on your diapers, clothing or nursing pads until the next day. If that’s the only symptom, though, and it’s not in tandem with any infection, a new study says antibiotics are probably unnecessary, and you’re fine to continue breastfeeding.

The study, published in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine, looked at one specific case report of an 11-week-old baby while reviewing six other existing reports of Red Diaper Syndrome in medical literature. The baby was being treated for fussiness, but was also demonstrating strange…

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