This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
The first movement of the bowels of a newly born child is of a green color. After this, the discharges should be uniformly of a bright yellow color. If the bowels have a slight tendency to constipation, they should be thoroughly kneaded several times a day, especially while the child is taking its morning bath. The cold compress worn about the bowels is also an advantageous measure. Giving the child one or two tea spoonsful of cold water half an hour before nursing is also a useful measure. Care should be taken that the bowels and bladder move properly; and if there is any interruption of the functions of these organs, proper measures for relief should be resorted to at once.