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By Dr. Sheridan Hernandez
July 23, 2015

Hi Parents.

Today I'm going to talk about babies and their pooping. Pooping, it seems to me, is the biggest concern of parents of newborns and infants. So here's some info to hopefully guide and reassure you.

Some babies poop several times a day, little liquid toots with poop usually. Some babies only poop every few days and, usually for exclusively breast fed babies, sometimes only about once a week. When these less frequent poopers do finally unload, it is usually a huge explosion of stool and requires quite the clean up 😁. This is normal. If your baby is happy and feeding well, passing gas (gas is fine, all babies are quite gassy), not vomiting, his/her tummy is not hard and bloated, then do not be alarmed by 6 poops a day or one poop in 6 days. On the other hand, if your baby is crying inconsolably, not feeding, bloated and not passing gas and/or vomiting, then it may be a serious medical emergency. In this case the baby should be evaluated ASAP.

Baby poop can be liquidy or pasty. It can be yellow, orange, green (dark to light) and various shades of brown. After the first few days of life it should not be black. Neither should baby poop be white (especially if your baby is jaundiced) or have any thing that looks like blood. So if it's black, bloody or white and baby looks yellow, call and make an appointment to have your baby seen. There is an app called poopMD that shows pictures of different types of normal baby poop.

Okay, hope this helps.

Dr. Sherry Hernandez

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