Baby Poop 101: What’s Normal and What’s Not

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By Eirian Hallinan

Chances are that on more than one occasion you’ll find yourself asking “is this normal?” when changing your baby’s diaper. Baby poop, though not as pleasant as some of the other surprises you’ll encounter as you settle into parenthood, is something that can send a new parent into a panic when you see something that doesn’t look quite normal.

This easy guide to baby stool will give you an idea what to expect and what is and isn’t normal when it comes to your baby’s poo.

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13 Natural Remedies for Newborn Baby Constipation

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We adults can get constipated now and then, if we don’t eat enough fiber in our diet or drink plenty of water and other healthy fluids. The natural solution to our constipation is simply to eat more natural, fiber-rich foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and to drink more fluids.

But what can be done when a newborn gets constipated? Young babies can’t rely on different foods to move their bowels, if they’re not yet old enough to eat solids. Yet, newborns do sometimes suffer from constipation.

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The Perils of Meconium

Meconium is your baby’s first poo! It has the consistency of treacle, it is odourless and unlike later offerings it is sterile. It is very dark and almost impossible to wipe clean. Meconium consists of water, mucus, amniotic fluid, lanugo which is downy baby hair and also intestinal epithelial cells. For most babies it is just their first poo (one of many!) and means a very gooey first nappy but in some cases it can be a cause for concern. (more…)