The Consistency of Poop

The Consistency of Poop

The Consistency of Poop

As long as your child is in diapers, every single bowel movement will be right there for you to see at changing time. The first bowel movements are the thick, sticky, tarry meconium stools formed while the baby is still inside you. During the first week, though, these give way, starting a parade of stool changes that last throughout the diaper years.

The foods your child eats make a big difference in the consistency and the timing of the stools. For some babies, the adjustments happen without thought. For some babies, though, stool management becomes an important skill for their parents to learn!

Dr. Alan Greene

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Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

 

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