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Bowel Movements - Babies

In the first day or two after birth, babies pass a greeny-black sticky substance called meconium - consisting of waste products built up in the bowel during the time in the womb. Doctors and midwives will want to know whether baby has passed a motion, since this signifies that the bowels are working properly. After the meconium has been passed, baby’s motions will become generally mustardy-yellow in colour and have a soft almost runny consistency. You can find more information on bowel movements in the A-Z sections on constipation and diarrhoea.

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