Analyzing Your Newborn’s Bowel Movements

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Analyzing Your Newborn’s Bowel Movements

It is important to understand your newborn baby’s bowel movements so you can make sure they are healthy. Here are the basics:

Sticky, black or dark green, spotty – A baby’s first few stools. This is known as meconium.

Greenish yellow or brown, grain-like – start to appear on your baby’s third or fourth day of life.

Curdy, creamy, light yellow or green – Normal stool if the baby is breastfed

Slightly formed, brown, yellow, or dark green – normal stools if the baby is formula fed

Greener than usual, watery, frequent – diarrhea (call the doctor)

Red streaked – could be a milk allergy or a rectal fissure

Mucous like, green, yellow – A virus, cold, or stomach bug (call the doctor)

What is my baby is constipated? Add about 1 teaspoon of prune juice to your beast milk or formula. Only do this if baby is at least 4 weeks old.

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