The Scoop on Newborn Poop
It's not a pretty topic, but newborns' stools often surprise new moms. Here's what to expect from Baby's early diaper changes.
Early Bowel Movements
A newborn’s stool patterns differ from adults’. The frequency or consistency of stools depend on the individual baby and on the food he or she is fed.
Your baby’s first bowel movements will consist of
meconium, a sticky green-black substance present in the intestine before birth.
Spinach-Green or Yellow
For two to six days after birth, stools will be a mixture of meconium and milk bi-products, spinach-green, or yellow in color.
Yellow, Green, or Brown
Later, your baby will have yellow, green, or brown stools, formed or unformed.
Baby's Food Affects Stools
While some older breastfed babies have only one bowel movement per week, this is usually not indicative of constipation; their more mature digestive systems are efficiently using more of their mother’s milk.
Diarrhea is characterized by stools that are mucousy, foul-smelling, more frequent than usual, blood-tinged, or watery (the diaper shows a water ring around the stool).
When to Call the Doctor
Your little pooper is at it a lot—up to 12 times a day for the first six weeks! But when a baby becomes constipated (cue grunting, red-faced baby) parents quickly become concerned. Top experts explain what’s behind what does and doesn’t come out of your bview gallery
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