Why is my baby's first stool soft?

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Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
A baby's first stool is often soft and tar-like (because blood from the placenta gets in there and is passed along), but will soon harden up. Before you can leave the hospital, doctors will wait for that first stool - it's a sign that the junctions in the GI tract are working (in some babies, the junction between the anus and the intestines aren't working - that's called Hirschprung's disease).
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