After returning home with the newborn baby, one of the common concerns is how to tell if their bowel rhythm is normal or, for example, if your newborn baby poo is suffering from constipation. How to value it?
The newborn baby poo first stool is in his gut from the end of gestation and was called meconium. They are sticky and black or very dark green. From the moment of birth, the baby begins to expel meconium and this type of stool can last up to 48 hours of life. After the expulsion of meconium, a measure that the newborn baby was fed, transitional feces of greenish color, more or less intense, and have a consistency similar to a puree.
Then, a newborn baby poo normal stool does not have to be the same every day. They can change in appearance and color, ranging from a rather liquid or semi-liquid consistency, with lumps or pasty, and a color that oscillates between the greenish, yellow and light brown. From as many as the breastfeeds or bottle they make only once every three days. In general, the number is more abundant when breastfeeding is maternal and are often less frequent and more consistent when breastfeeding is artificial.
During the first month and a half, it is usual for the newborn baby poop several times a day, with a minimum of 2-3 bowel movements per day. But there are also many babies who stop doing daily from the second or third week of life. This does not only happen in babies with formula milk, but also occurs in the case that they are exclusively breastfed. In all cases it is possible that many days pass without the newborn baby making a deposition. Is it constipation? Not necessarily.
What matters is the baby’s general condition. If there are no changes in your usual way, you most likely do not make a stick because you do not need it, since the milk leaves very little residue, and it is best not to worry and wait. Then, when I do the next bowel movement in the effort your baby had to do to expel the feces and observe their consistency.
It is normal for the newborn baby poo to turn red when it strengthens and shrugs the legs when it wants to defecate. Although it has been several days since the last deposition, the fact of making that effort does not necessarily mean that you have constipation. If the consistency of the stool is soft, it is not constipated. Probably that deposition is also more abundant than usual. To consider having the stretching of the stool must be dry and hard, in this case it is note that the baby still costs more effort than normal and is often accompanied by pain and crying when defecating.
Therefore, it is more important to assess the consistency of faeces than the frequency of stools. Above all, it is not advisable to use any type of remedy to stimulate the baby to make a bowel movement, when in fact he is not constipated. Do not give your account water, juices or laxatives. And of course, there is no recourse to stimulating the rectum with the thermometer, since they can become a dependence of the defecation reflex and generate a genuine strait.
If you have doubts your go to a pediatrician. He is the one who can best assess if your newborn baby has constipation and puts the remedy that he considers more convenient for him.