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Why would the doctor/nurse want her baby's first poopy diaper?

A friend of mine just had a baby and the nurse took her baby's first poopy diaper. Why would they take the meconium-filled diaper? Do all hospitals do this? I don't remember this with my son. But then again, I was so busy with recovering and taking care of my baby. It just struck me as odd. She asked about it and they just said it was a part of the hospital policy to take the first diaper.

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Asked by ShadesofGrey at 3:59 PM on Jun. 27, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • My guess is to check it and make sure it is what its supposed to be?

    Answer by Tarrar at 4:01 PM on Jun. 27, 2011

  • I think Tarrar is right

    Answer by Dahis at 4:06 PM on Jun. 27, 2011

  • So they can document it.

    Answer by MrsMWF at 4:30 PM on Jun. 27, 2011

  • they weighed all my dd diapers . they do it to make sure everything is ok

    Answer by Emmajosmommy at 7:08 PM on Jun. 27, 2011

  • Depends.... did they just want to see it? Then they are probably just making sure the baby pooped
    Or did they take it? IN that case they are probably testing for drugs which will be done standard in some hospitals and others if a mom's labor was extremely fast (like a couple of hours from when labor started and the baby is delivered)

    Answer by AmiJanell at 8:46 PM on Jun. 27, 2011

  • to document it and and check to make sure everything is working fine and that there isnt any blood in it

    Answer by bamamommy2009 at 8:58 PM on Jun. 27, 2011

  • Baby's first poop is called meconium and they need that to test for drugs and alcohol the baby might been exposed to while in utero.

    Answer by TashaStar81 at 1:25 AM on Jun. 28, 2011

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