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The Scoop on Baby Poop


The Scoop on Baby Poop

Mara Paradis, M.D.​
Boys Town Pediatrics

In the first couple of days of life you want to make sure that those stools transition over from the dark, sticky, tarry meconium stools, in to a more yellow, seedy type of stool pattern.

That usually occurs in the first three days of life.

The frequency in which your infant passes a bowel movement can be very variable.

Some infants will pass a stool every single time they eat and other infants will pass a stool once a week and both can be normal.

You should call your pediatrician if you feel like your infant is not gaining weight well.

If the bowel movements are painful to pass, or if you see any blood, mucous, or green stools.​​

New parents often worry about what they find in their baby’s dirty diaper. Dr. Mara Paradis, pediatrician at Boys Town Pediatrics, explains what is normal and when it’s time to call your pediatrician.​​​​