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How many times a day should a baby poop?

How many times a day should a baby poop?

Newborn’s first poo

Shortly after birth, Baby does not take long to make his first poo! “Meconium does not really look like stool, it is sticky, very dark green or even black in color, a bit thick and odorless. In general, meconium is delivered during the 24 hours following birth. For some babies, it can take longer but never more than 48 hours” informs us Emilie Chaillou, pediatrician for Biloba (the application that accompanies parents).

How many times a day can baby poop?

During the fifteen days following his birth, Baby’s transit begins. During the period when he is exclusively breastfed, the frequency of his bowel movements depends on his diet. “If Baby is fed with infant formula, he will have one bowel movement a day but it is also possible that he will do it 2 to 3 times a day or every other day… This is normal as long as he continues to do well. eat and that he does not have a sensitive stomach. If Baby is breastfed, then he will be able to have one or two bowel movements after each feed, but it is also possible that he will have one bowel movement every 10 days, there is no rule!” says our pediatrician.
The stools of fed babies in breast milk are easy to recognize: very soft in consistency, they are generally odorless and their color is golden yellow. The stools of formula-fed babies have no color “standard” except that they should be colored. Baby’s stools evolve at the time of food diversification, that is to say between 4 and 6 months. As the baby grows, their texture resembles children’s stools. Baby can then have a bowel movement 3, 4 times a day, once a day or every day… This change takes place gradually, it depends on the quantity food swallowed by baby. The more diversified Baby eats, the more his transit will tend to become that of a bigger child.

When should you be worried about baby poop?

There is no need to worry if Baby does not have a daily bowel movement as long as his behavior is normal, and he continues to eat normally. “On the other hand, if the baby’s stools are blue, white or red (sometimes red black), tell your doctor or pediatrician quickly, within 24 hours. Red in the stool may indicate the presence of blood. White or very pale yellow stools can signal a problem with the liver. And blue saddles, this has never been seen, suddenly, it is necessary to consult without delay! Also, the stool of a sick child may change in texture. During bronchiolitis, for example, Baby coughs and sometimes swallows his mucus that can be found in his stool. His stools then change in appearance and become a little mucous”, underlines our pediatrician.

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