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Newborn Poop: What's Normal?

Newborn Poop: What's Normal?

As a new parent, one of the first things with which you become familiar is changing diapers. And what comes with changing diapers? Poop. 

Though you might have questions about your baby’s bowel movements, we understand how this topic can be difficult to bring up. However, you can talk to us at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA. We’re here to help you worry less and enjoy your baby more.

What to expect in the first few days

In the first few days of your baby’s life, their poop will be a dark, sticky, tar-like substance called meconium. This is made up of everything your baby ingested in the womb, such as amniotic fluid, mucus, and skin cells. Don’t worry, this is completely normal, and meconium is actually a good sign because it means your baby’s digestive system is working.

After a few days, your baby’s poop should begin to change to a greenish-brown color, and the consistency will be looser. This is a sign that your baby is starting to digest breast milk or formula.

What to look for in color and texture

Once your newborn starts to digest breast milk or formula, keep a few things in mind when it comes to color and texture. 

Breastfed babies’ poop is usually yellow, seedy, and loose, while formula-fed babies’ poop is typically tan or yellow and firmer..

Your newborn’s poop can look quite different from day-to-day. Sometimes it will be thicker, and other times it will be runnier. This is normal, and as long as your baby is otherwise healthy and gaining weight, there’s no need to worry.

Signs that something is wrong

Although most variations in newborn poop are completely normal, there can be signs that something may be wrong. 

If your baby’s poop is consistently watery or contains mucus, it may be a sign of a gastrointestinal infection. Blood in the stool is also a cause for concern and should be brought to our attention immediately.

If your baby experiences other symptoms, such as a fever or vomiting, this could be a sign of a more serious issue. Trust your instincts as a parent, and if you ever feel that something isn’t right, don’t hesitate to call our pediatric team.

What to do if you have concerns

As a new parent, it’s completely normal to worry about every little thing when it comes to your baby. However, when it comes to newborn poop, there’s usually nothing to worry about.

Remember that newborn poop can vary greatly in color and texture, and as long as your baby is otherwise healthy and gaining weight, you can rest assured that they’re doing just fine. 

If you do have concerns, we’re here to help you navigate this exciting and sometimes overwhelming time in your life. Simply call, or book an appointment online at the office nearest you in San Antonio, North Central San Antonio, Schertz, or Castroville, Texas. We can also set up a telehealth visit for you if that’s a more convenient option.

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