Bowel Movements & Diapers

The first bowel movement will be a greenish black and sticky tar-like stool.

The stools will turn brownish green to yellow as your child feeds better after 3-4 days of life.

The frequency of bowel movement can vary. In the newborn period, babies have more frequent bowel movements (5-10 times a day) and they are usually loose (the consistency of mustard). In the first few weeks of life, if your baby is not having a bowel movement every day, call your pediatrician. Notify your pediatrician if the stool is hard or if your baby has to push hard to have a bowel movement.

After the first 2-3 days of life your baby should have a minimum of 3-4 wet diapers per day. Occasionally, babies will have brick dust colored urine in the first week of life. This normally lasts 1-2 days until the baby is feeding well.

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