A quick check of your baby's poop for frequency, consistency, and color can tell you if you need a trip to the doctor. You will need A strong stomach and a dirty diaper. Wash your hands after changing a diaper to avoid spreading germs.
Step 1: Pooping frequency - Keep an eye on how frequently your baby poops. If that pattern changes for more than a couple of days, call your doctor.
Tip: Most babies’ bowel movements regulate in the first month or two.
Step 2: Check poop consistency - Check the consistency. Runny diapers that continue for 2 or 3 days could mean an infection or allergy and a hard stool could indicate constipation.
Step 3: Check poop color - Take note of the color of your baby's poop, which may be affected by what your baby is eating and how well they are digesting.
Step 4: Contact doctor - Call your doctor if your baby's stool is black and tar-like, is bloody, or is white and chalky.
Did You Know?
At first, breast-fed babies may poop up to10 times a day.