BABY DIARRHEA: CAUSES, TREATMENT AND WHEN TO WORRY
Diarrhea is one of the most common childhood problems. It can be difficult to find out exactly what is causing it. If you have a newborn it is also not easy to tell the difference between normal poop and diarrhea.
Now let us talk about the most common causes of diarrhea.
- Infection (virus, parasites or bacteria). Babies can catch germs that spread easily through contact with other children or playing with toys.
- Milk Allergy. Newborns can get diarrhea from an allergy or sensitivity to the type of infant formula they begin to take.
- Eating solid food. Every change in your baby’s diet can cause it. Especially if your baby is eating products that can cause food allergy.
- Taking medication. Some medicines can upset your baby’s stomach and it causes loose stools.
- Teething babies. They put everything into their mouth. Germs or bacteria on it can easily go into their body and can cause diarrhea.
- Mum’s diet. Some food in your diet may cause allergy in your breastfed baby.
When a baby has diarrhea, fluids leave the body. Dehydration can be a risk. Contact your doctor if your baby has dry skin and mouth, is eating too little, has dry diapers (for 8 to 12 hours), has weak cry or is more irritated than usual.
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Do not forget that you cannot always stop or prevent diarrhea. But you can help your baby feel more comfortable. In more cases it gets better by its own without any medications. You can easy your baby’s discomfort with:
- Offering lots of liquids. Continue breastfeeding or formula feeding.
- Changing the diaper often. It helps to prevent from diaper rash. Try to keep your baby's diaper area as clean and dry as possible.
- Watching for dehydration.
- Giving your baby cereal, banana or pasta. It may help soothe diarrhea.
Diarrhea can be dangerous for newborns and young children because it can lead to dehydration and weight loss. Call your doctor if:
- You see white and red color; diarrhea should never be such colors.
- Your child has a fever or other symptoms along with diarrhea.
- Your child appears to be in pain.
- Your baby has lots of vomiting.
- Diarrhea that doesn’t get better after 24 hours.
It is normal to worry about your baby. But remember that babies and young children can have diarrhea about twice a year. It affects children who take infant formula, those who breastfeed, and babies who take a combination of breast milk and infant formula.
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