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17. The Normal Newborn's Pattern for Elimination

a. Stools

1) Meconium consists of black, tarry stools passed after birth, changing to brownish green. At the fourth or fifth day, stools change according to the type of feeding.
(a) Human milk produces watery stools that may sometimes be light green.   (b) Cow's milk (formula) produces firmer stools than those of infants fed by human milk. These are passed usually one to three times a day. The color is yellow but not the bright yellow of breastfed infants. 2) Document the number of stools on your Progress Notepad. Document also if no stools are passed.
b. Voiding (urinating)
1) Six or more wet diapers in a 24-hour period show that the infant is getting enough fluids. The color of the urine should be pale yellow.

2) If the infant has not wet in an 8-hour shift your physician/practitioner should be called.

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