The Scoop on Poop

Growth and Development, Health and Safety
Premature Baby in Fetal Position

Q: How many times a day should a newborn poop?

A: Newly born babies can have many bowel movements a day. This helps us know that the intestinal tract is working and suggests that a baby is getting enough to eat. A newborn who has no bowel movement for one or two days may not be getting enough to eat or may have an intestinal blockage and should be evaluated. Beyond the first week of life, most babies will have more than one bowel movement a day—but some healthy babies will skip a day or two and be fine. See your pediatrician if your baby goes a few days without a bowel movement and seems to be in pain, bloated or not growing.—Pediatrician and Dr. D. Mark Valentine of Intermountain Healthcare in Sandy, Utah



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