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How many times does a newborn poop?

How many times does a newborn poop?

Various times: Breast fed babies may have a stool once a day, with each feeding or can sometimes go as long as a week. All these occasions are considered normal. ...Read more

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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth. Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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How many times a day a newborn poop?

How many times a day a newborn poop?

Depends on situation: A newborn must first pass the dark sticky meconium stool ; this starts day one or is abnormal. Once it clears, if baby is breast fed they may stool a little smear every feeding or one big crib full once a week. Breast milk is so well digested that it may not leave much behind for poo. If it is soft, the frequency of stooling is not important.Formula babies go more often. ...Read more

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What does normal newborn poop look like?

What does normal newborn poop look like?

Almost anything: Initial newborn poop is usually greenish black meconium. Aftter that it can be any one of a number of colors-brown, yellow, green. It can be dark or light, firm, hard or soft, all of which can be normal. Red or bloody, tarry black or white could mean a serious problem and your pediatrician shoul be called. ...Read more

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I started my newborn on single grain Gerber rice cereal 1x a day for 2 days now. She usually poops everyday once a day and she hasn't yet. What to do?

I started my newborn on single grain Gerber rice cereal 1x a day for 2 days now. She usually poops everyday once a day and she hasn't yet. What to do?

Plugged up: I use cereals to plug up a kid naturally after they develop diarrhea. Infants don't need cereals until 6 months, so I'm curious why a newborn would get them. That was the method 50 years ago but not today. Any time you alter babies diet it can effect their stool pattern. ...Read more

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15 days old newborn only defecates through rectal stimulation. She used to poop without help last week. She hasn't pooped without help for 3 days.?

15 days old newborn only defecates through rectal stimulation. She used to poop without help last week. She hasn't pooped without help for 3 days.?

Breast feeding: Infants that are exclusively breast fed may not have a Bowel movement every day. If this is not the case, please have your Baby examined. Rectal stimulation required to have a Bowel Movement is not normal or desirable. ...Read more

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What to do if newborn not pooping?

What to do if newborn not pooping?

Question unclear: If the kid has never pooped it has a blockage and needs evaluation. If you mean he doesn't poop much, more info is needed. Breast fed babies can have a little smear with each feed or have one big blowout every 7-10 days. Bottle fed kids will poo more predictably & should go daily. If the poo is soft it is not considered constipation. ...Read more

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Is green poop normal in a breastfed newborn?

Is green poop normal in a breastfed newborn?

Green is OK: Poo can run the color spectrum from very dark green thru lighter greens to yellows then brown. It all depends on the action of gut germs that convert the very dark bile to lighter shades over time. Geen = less time in the system. ...Read more

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My newborn hasn't pooped in 24 hours and he used to poop almost every changing, should we be concerned?

My newborn hasn't pooped in 24 hours and he used to poop almost every changing, should we be concerned?

No: As long as he is comfortable and has no other symptoms, such as vomiting and abdominal distention with firmness, he is likely OK. He may also continue to pass some gas. There is a huge variation in what is considered normal stooling frequency. All the best. ...Read more

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My mother in law gave sips of water to my newborn without my knowledge. It stopped. Could that affect the way my baby poops or how often she poops?

My mother in law gave sips of water to my newborn without my knowledge. It stopped. Could that affect the way my baby poops or how often she poops?

Water in newborns: Plain water is not appropriate for young infants under 6 months. Small sips of water unlikely to change stool pattern. Stool patterns vary depending upon what infant is being fed. Breastmilk stools are more frequent and softer than formula stools. Newborns should be stooling daily with either formula or breastmilk. Followup with your baby's doctor if your newborn isn't stooling daily. ...Read more

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My one week old newborn poops after almost each feeding - is that normal?

My one week old newborn poops after almost each feeding - is that normal?

Yes: A young baby usually poops after every feeding or after every-other feeding (averaging 3-4 poops a day). As the weeks go by, babies tend to poop less often, some twice a day while others once every-other day. As long as a baby is normal in eating, growth, and development; and does not have constipation, bloating, or tummy aches; the number of poops per day is not very important. ...Read more

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How often should a 3day old newborn baby pee & poop?

How often should a 3day old newborn baby pee & poop?

Newborn: All you have to worry about is 1) no BM and frequent diarrhea otherwise small amounts of loosish stool fairly frequently is fine. Typically the consistency of paste. Urination is frequent and small amounts typically. Feed him when he is hungry and you should be fine. ...Read more

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Which is better breast milk or formula when newborn isn't pooping?

Breast milk: First I would consult with your pediatrician immediately if your newborn has never stooled as this may involve more than diet. Breast milk is digested more easily and breastfeeding babies tend to have looser stools. However, if your newborn poops but you feel he/she is constipated, I usually reassure parents that all babies have different stooling patterns. ...Read more

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My newborn usually has runny poops (breastfed) but she hasn't had a runny or solid poop. The bath helped her have runny poop and so did vaseline.

My newborn usually has runny poops (breastfed) but she hasn't had a runny or solid poop. The bath helped her have runny poop and so did vaseline.

Breast Fed Babies: Can have semiloose to runny or seedy mucousy, sour smelling poop after every feeding (like 6-8 times/day), or they can have poop every 6-8 days. Both are normal. So, you don't have to do anything to make baby poop. As song as there is no other issue, like vomiting, distention of abdomen or very hard stool, your baby is ok. If want further explanation, talk to baby's pediatrician in next visit. ...Read more

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Okay well my newborn isn't pooping been one day now or 2 days she hasn't peed or poop. Am worried. Am also breastfeeding. & she is getting the milk?

Okay well my newborn isn't pooping been one day now or 2 days she hasn't peed or poop. Am worried. Am also breastfeeding. & she is getting the milk?

Urine output: One of the ways we gauge adequate breast milk intake is by the number of wet diapers a baby makes in a 24 hour period (should be at least 5). The other way is by weight gain (at least an ounce per day). Stooling patterns are highly variable in nursed newborns as some stool every feed while others stool once a week! ...Read more

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What can I do to stop my newborn from being constipated, he is straining to poop since yesterday, I tryed warm water but I didn't see any results?

What can I do to stop my newborn from being constipated, he is straining to poop since yesterday, I tryed warm water but I didn't see any results?

Constipated???: Constipation is best defined as a thickened or dry stool produced when the large intestine extracts too much water. Breast fed babies can have poo every feed or only 1/wk. If it is soft, it is normal.Formula fed babies go more often. Full strength apple juice or prune juice @ 1 oz once or twice daily will often loosen stools. ...Read more

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3 day old newborn terrible gas, not pooping and inconsolable?

3 day old newborn terrible gas, not pooping and inconsolable?

See your doctor: There are many causes of inconsolable crying in an infant. This include among many others: colic, constipation, gas. Colic it is very common. I would recommend that you first see your physician to make sure there are no other problems. ...Read more

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My newborn is having trouble pooping he is 17 days old his doc gave him an enema last Saturday and again on Monday and since then no poop what to do?

My newborn is having trouble pooping he is 17 days old his doc gave him an enema last Saturday and again on Monday and since then no poop what to do?

Constipation: This sounds like more involved of a problem, an an enema is usually not the first intervention to alleviate constipation in a newborn. I advise you to see a gastrointestinal specialist ASAP, or take the baby to an ER or urgent care center to rule more serious causes of GI obstruction. Please do not give any more enemas until the cause of constipation is diagnosed by a specialist ...Read more

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Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more