The Consistency of Poop

Food makes a big difference in the consistency and timing of kids' poop. For some babies, stool management is important for parents to learn!

Dr. Greene’s take on 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 their poop. For some babies, the adjustments happen without thought. For some babies, though, stool management becomes an important skill for their parents to learn!

Published on: April 04, 2001
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Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.
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