Your baby's poop and pee: 10 Things to know!
Created by Dr.Jayashree Shiwalkar Updated on Jul 12, 2020
First-time parents of a newborn baby are always anxious about their baby's first poop and pee and are always asking questions to their child's doctor. Sometimes the parents get a relevant answer, and sometimes they don't, which makes the first-time parents all the more anxious about the pooping and peeing habit of their newborn. Dr Jayashree Shiwalkar , a renowned paediatrician, here puts a rest to all your worries by sharing these 10 facts to keep in mind about your baby's poop and pee.
1 When to expect first poop and pee: After birth you can wait 24 hours for first poop and 48 hours for peep. Incase your baby doesn't pass his/her first poop and pee within this time frame then you need to immediately consult a paediatrician.
2 Meconium or first poop of the baby: First 2 to 3 days your baby will pass black stool which is called meconium so don't worry about black stool. Gradually, the poop will change its colour to brown and then to yellow.
3. First urine of your baby: First two to three day after birth baby had concentrated urine rich which is rich in urate so you can expect a slightlish orange colour in your baby's diaper.
4. Crying while peeing/pooping: Often you will see your baby crying while he/she passes urine or stool, that is because of weak bladder and anal canal muscles which will strengthen with time.So don't worry and just try to distract the baby.
5. Frequent cries while passing urine: If the baby is crying every time he/she passes urine and even post passing urine then you need to consult your doctor to rule out any infection in the urinary tract.
6. Light pink or red coloured urine: Red colured urine or stool is always pathological, which means that there could be some infection and you immediately need to consult your doctor.
7. Frequency of poop: Well, your newborn, if he/she is active and is accepting your feed well, can pass stool ten to twelves times a day. However, don't panic if the baby is passing poop once in a week, as that is also normal for breast feed baby.
8 Dark-grey coloured stool: Dark coloured or Ash coloured stool is always pathological, which means you immediately need to see the doctor.
9 Breastfed babies can pass green-coloured stool: It is quite normal for breastfed babies to pass green-coloured stool which is mainly due to consumption of foremilk only. Hence it is always advisable feed one breast at a time so baby can get foremilk ,midmilk and hind milk.
10 Pooping while crying: Sometimes baby pass small amount of stool during micturition or crying, it is normal if baby is active and accepting the feed well. However, if you feel that the baby is not accepting the feed and is not active then you need to consult the doctor immediately.
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