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Meconium is the first stool of an infant, composed of materials ingested during the time the infant spends in the uterus: Intestinal epithelial cells, lanugo, mucus, amniotic fluid, bile, and water. Meconium is sterile, unlike later feces, is viscous and sticky like tar, and has no odor.
A friend of mine has a child who has since grown up, my how time drifts by. Anyway, his son was always poorly and the graph chart they give mums reflected his slow progress. Tilted his bed by 5 degrees so head end higher than foot end and his graph line crossed over and exceeded children of his own developing age. So when the next child was born, the same tilted bed was applied right from birth. So how does this fit with my post I hear you muttering ?The parents reported firm stools, not sloppy stools indicating that the gut and intestines were processing the food better than when the baby was kept flat.Fascinating subject Andrew
I think the colour aspect is driven by food ...
how old was the first baby when they started tilting him?
I wonder if this would help adults with issues with their stools?
Karen sleeping head down with a heart condition is not advisable Head up incline is however and the bed should be elevated at the head end by 6 inches on a 6 feet 3 inch bed or 6.5 inches on a slightly longer bed as I believe American beds are 6 feet 6 inches long.First two weeks are going to feel a bit strange, you may develop a stiff neck and muscular aches like you have been working out, but you should also develop a general feeling of well-being along with changes in sleep pattern and improvements in body temperature= no more cold hands and feet JImportant, take it easy as you begin to do more exercise, donít run before you can walk.As you are a budding scientist in the making it would be great if you could compare your urine before you tilt your bed and after you sleep inclined to determine differences in output. You may find this interesting also. If correct your urine should become clearer but stronger in both colour and odour indicating that more toxins are being filtered out by the kidneys.If anyone here would also like to repeat this simple experiment we could prove something pretty amazing to the medical profession all that is required is a simple hydrometer from a homebrew shop used to determine the level of alcohol in wine and beer making. A tall glass so that it is deep enough to allow the hydrometer to float and of course some urine.If say 10 people could do this comparison between flat bed rest and inclined bed rest and those of you who do not have any heart conditions who could test the head down theory on urine density we could collectively put forward a paper confirming the results and get it published. How does this sound to The Naked Scientist Community?I am going to post this proposed experiment in it's own thread in the hope that it will stimulate some more interest.Kind regardsAndrew