Mara Paradis, M.D.
New parents often worry about what they find in their baby's diaper. It is normal to see a number of changes and colors in your baby's stool as he or she grows. Boys Town Pediatrics explains what is normal and when to call your pediatrician.
The frequency in which your infant passes a bowel movement can be very variable. Your newborn will most likely have the first bowel movement during the first 24 hours of life. When stooling takes longer, a pediatrician looks for problems such as intestinal blockages, an underdeveloped anus, or stool that is stuck, called a meconium plug. Some infants will pass a stool every single time they eat and other infants will pass a stool once a week.
Call if it is painful for your baby to pass a bowel movement, you see blood in the stool, or you are concerned about diarrhea or constipation. Follow the baby poop guide and know that as a parent, you will experience a full range of normal baby poop types and colors during your baby's growth. If alarming changes do occur, do not hesitate to call your pediatrician.