What is meconium in newborns
Good digestion in a baby is a sure sign of his health and well-being. And how to evaluate this process in a tiny little man? This can be done, first of all, for feces. You should know that the chair of the newborn passes through several different stages before it acquires the appearance to which we are accustomed. The whole process begins with meconium – the original feces of a baby. What is he like? When does it appear? Can meconium be dangerous for crumbs?
Meconium in a newborn is his first stool, the first feces that are excreted from the intestines of a baby. By its characteristics, this substance is slightly different from the usual feces that will appear in the child later. Meconium has a sticky and viscous consistency resembling resin. It is practically odorless, its color may be greenish, brown or even black. Meconium does not contain bacteria, intestinal flora is still absent in the body crumbs, so we can say that this is the most pure stool.
The mass of the original feces is 60 to 100 g.
The fetus, which is in the womb of the mother, develops rapidly, his body undergoes many changes. In the middle of the gestation period, the intestinal tract is already differentiated in crumbs, and a little later the peristalsis also appears. After the 20th week, he begins to swallow amniotic fluid surrounding him. They represent the first type of food crumbs, and then are derived in the form of meconium. In addition, the first feces contain depleted cells of the intestinal epithelium, prenatal hair particles, mucus and bile.