Q. Is loose motion normal in a newborn?

Answered by
Dr. Deepak Patel
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Apr 01, 2017 and last reviewed on: Nov 07, 2019

Hi doctor, My baby is of 9 days old now. She is suffering from loose motion. I had given her Colicaid six drops in last 24 hours. She is only on breastfeed. Is it safe for her?

Dr. Deepak Patel

Child Health Paediatrics


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A baby can pass five to six stools in a day or can pass stool once in two days. Both are normal. Since, baby is on exclusive breastfeed chance of infection is very less. Briefly, your baby is normal.

In my opinion, you should give prebiotic like Enterogermina (Bacillus clausii) ampule once a day for three days to increase gut immunity.

Mother should breastfeed the child more regularly to prevent dehydration. There is no need to give Colicaid (combination of Simethicone, Dill oil and Fennel oil) drops.

If any symptoms of fever or decreased feeding present then a checkup with the doctor is must.

For further information consult a paediatrician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/paediatrician

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Hi doctor, My baby girl is of 13 days old by today. She has completed three days course of prebiotic but still she has the same problem. The frequency of passing stool got reduced but the thickness remains the same, very thin as water.  She has no sign of fever or decreased feeding.

Dr. Deepak Patel

Child Health Paediatrics


Welcome to icliniq.com.

If the child is active, feeding well and passes urine more than six times a day, then there is no dehydration. A baby may pass loose stools five to six times a day and this is normal.

I do not think that there is a need for antibiotics now. But, if these types of stools persist then you need to get your child examined by a doctor. Through physical examination, you can get the accurate diagnosis.

I think you should wait for 24 hours, and frankly, in my opinion, this problem will get solved in 24 hrs.

Tell the mother to breastfeed the child frequently. Also, you can check the weight of your child. During the first 6 days of life the weight decreases and after that it begins to rise. So, a 13 day old child should have similar weight as his birth weight.

If the condition of baby does not improve in 24 hours, then send photos of your child.

Revert back with photos to a paediatrician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/paediatrician

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