All about baby poo

Chances are before your baby was born you didn’t think or talk much about poo.

But you’ll soon find that one of the most discussed topics between new moms is who made what kind of poo and how often. You might even find yourself phoning your partner to discuss the colour and texture of the baby’s latest delivery.

Sticky black goo

The very first stool your baby made was black and tar-like.
  • This is called meconium and is the waste from the amniotic fluid your baby has been inhaling.
  • Your baby will probably have 4 to 5 black-green stools in the first few days after birth
  • Your baby won’t have a black poo again – if he/she does it can be the indication that there is blood in the stool in which case you should see your doctor immediately.

Breastfed baby

  • If you breastfeed your baby, you can expect the stuff in the nappy to be a yellowy, mustard colour, green brown or even orange.
  • It will be loose, unformed and probably a semi-liquid. This does not mean that your baby had diarrheoa
  • Your baby will have 2 – 5 dirty nappies per day in the first 6 weeks – could be a lot more. Remember your baby is an individual and his/her intestinal system is developing at his own pace –as long as the stools are soft, yellow, brown, green or orange and not red or black your baby is healthy.
  • After 6 weeks your baby will have fewer dirty nappies, don’t be alarmed, this is normal and your baby might even skip a day or two, maybe a week.
Formula fed baby’s stool
  • If you are giving your baby formula milk, you could expect stools to be more smelly. There may be fewer poo nappies than with breastfed babies.
  • The stool is also a little firmer and the colour can vary from yellow, tan, brown to green.
Your newborn’s urine
  • Newborns generally urinate up to 10 times per day. (Remember every newborn is different – as long as your baby has 6 – 7 wet nappies, he’s fine.)
  • Urine typically ranges in colour from clear to pale yellow, and has little or no smell.
  • As the baby grows older, she will urinate less frequently, but in larger amounts.
  • An ammonia smell may become more apparent in the urine as he starts maturing.
  • Blood in a baby's urine may indicate infection, and you should see your doctor as soon as possible.

Consult your doctor if there are any sudden variations in the pattern of your baby's bowel or urinary habits.

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