A dark-coloured, viscid matter, known by the name of meconium, is contained in the bowels of all infants at birth, and is usually discharged during the first two or three days, in consequence of the milk which is first secreted by the mother being slightly purgative. In general this is sufficient to clear the bowels; but should it not do so by the third day, a small teaspoonful of Castor Oil may be given.