dr Sanjeev Chetry
Consultant Neonatologist
BLK Super Speciality Hospital
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  1. The child usually passes stool (meconeum) at the time of delivery. By end of 48 hours 99% of newborns would have passed stool, failing which the child should be investigated.
  2. In the first 3 months of life, breastfed infants have more frequent, softer and more yellow-coloured stools than standard formula-fed infants. At times this is confused as diarrhea and unnecessarily treated.
  3. Frequency of stooling in an exclusively breast fed infant may decrease after 2-4 weeks of age. The child may not pass a stool even up to 5-7 days or even more. But when a child does pass the stool, it is soft. Such a child is normal otherwise and family needs only a reassurance.
  4. Green-coloured stools in standard formula-fed infants should be considered normal.

Posted On: 15/09/2018

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