Normal stools; Normal stool frequency

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BREAST FEEDING – COMMON FEEDING PROBLEMS OF THE BABY

 

ALTERATION OF BOWEL MOVEMENTS

Before taking up this topic lets understand what is the character ofnormal stool and its frequency in babies.

Normal stools

The first stool that your baby passes is known as meconium. They are black-tarry stools, passed either inside the womb just before delivery or soon after birth. All normal babies must pass meconium within 24 hours of birth. The doctor would normally check this up, but it is best to inform and immediately consult the doctor in case your baby fails to pass his/her first stool within this period.

The newborns continue to pass such motions for first two days. This is followed by greenish-yellow, semi-loose stools known astransitional stools for next 1 to 2 days. Frequency is increased which settles down spontaneously within 24 to 48 hours.

The breast-fed baby usually passes golden-yellow, sticky, semi-solid stools upto 8 times per day. They are sometimes green, frothy and sticky. Some babies may pass stools after each feed. The stools are often very small with normal consistency and this may persist for a couple of weeks.

Normal stool frequency

In breast-fed babies loose stools are usually normal. Most infants on breast feeds pass 8-10 golden yellow semi-solid stools. It should not be a cause for worry if your baby is gaining weight adequately.