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How long does it usually take for the meconium to come out of a newborn?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:02 PM on Jan. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • you do know what meconium is right? well in case you dont know is the baby''s first bowel movent. am sorry if you do know but oyur questions is very weird. my dd pooped inside of me so she had her first t bowel movement in utero. my son was a couple of hrs old he pooped about 20 times in the first 24 hrs of life. dd pooped about 10 times after birth.

    Answer by piwife at 8:08 PM on Jan. 15, 2010

  • Actually Meconium is the earliest stools of an infant. Unlike later feces, meconium is composed of materials ingested during the time the infant spends in the uterus: intestinal epithelial cells, lanugo, mucus, amniotic fluid, bile, and water. Meconium is almost sterile,[1] unlike later feces, is viscous and sticky like tar, and has no odor. It should be completely passed by the end of the first few days of postpartum life, with the stools progressing toward yellow (digested milk). (wikipedia)
    According to "Meconium is a thick, green, tar like substance that lines your baby's intestines during pregnancy. Typically this substance is not release in your baby's bowel movements until after birth" .

    they also said that it can take a few days to get all out. If baby is over a week and still pooping "tar" ask your Dr.

    Answer by SuzanneL09 at 8:44 PM on Jan. 15, 2010

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