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The scoop on poop

The scoop on poop

The first No. 2 “The initial stool should appear within the first 24 hours of birth,” explains Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, board-certified pediatrician and co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn. “It is thick, black and tarry and is called meconium.” Solid improvement During baby’s first week in the world, “You can expect your baby’s...

The first No. 2
“The initial stool should appear within the first 24 hours of birth,” explains Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, board-certified pediatrician and co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn. “It is thick, black and tarry and is called meconium.”
mom-with-diaperSolid improvement
During baby’s first week in the world, “You can expect your baby’s poop to become more of a pasty brown color—the so-called transitional stool,” says Shu. “Ultimately, it will transition into the standard mustardy yellow and seedy poop that’s typical of breastfed babies or the more pasty, formed and variably colored poop of formula-fed babies.”
Take a bowel
Throughout infancy, Shu notes it’s considered normal for babies to poop anywhere from once every several days to several times in one day. “In general, breastfed babies poop more than formula-fed ones, and younger babies poop more than older ones.”
Potty talk
“Once your baby has pooped enough to get rid of the tarry meconium, all the varying shades of yellow, brown and even green are considered perfectly acceptable,” advises Shu. Look out for red (a possible sign of fresh blood), black (a possible sign of old blood) and white/beige (which could indicate a blockage in the liver or intestines), and call baby’s pediatrician right away if you notice anything unusual.

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