• Mandi Franklin, CPNP

Newborn Poop: What’s Normal?!


Poop is a topic that is brought up at every newborn visit.


In fact, I talk about poop a lot.


Many parents want to know what is normal, what is not, and when should they take their little one to be evaluated.


Below is an easy-to-read and printable chart to make identifying newborn poop a little less stinky:


Other key points:

-Poop can be various colors, textures, smells, and consistencies- all of which can change from day-to-day depending on dietary intake and medications

-If you switch formulas, go from breast milk to formula or vice versa, stools may also change

-Stools that are hard, firm, or pebble-like require an evaluation by your child’s medical provider

-Stools that are pure liquid, slimy/mucousy should also be evaluated, as this can be an indication of an infection

-When in doubt, call your child‘s medical provider for advice


Until next time,

Mandi


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