It is normal for a baby’s stool to be soft and loose, especially during an infant’s first couple of months. Several times though as your child grows, they have baby diarrhea like when they re teething or when they eat something their stomach is not used to. How then will you know if your baby has diarrhea?
How will I Know if my child has Baby Diarrhea
- Their poop will have a watery consistency and bowel movements will occur more frequently.
- Babies with diarrhea may also have a fever or seem disinterested in eating.
You can find a lot of different textures, colors, and odors in a baby’s poopy diaper based on what they eat.
A breastfed baby’s stool is light yellow. Soft or even runny, and they often contain small pieces that look like seeds. They may stool with every breastfeeding
A formula fed baby stool is yellow to tan and is as firm as peanut butter.
Every baby’s stool is usually much softer than an adult’s and it is not uncommon for it to be even softer than usual sometimes. But if it suddenly gets much losser or more watery and happens more often and in larger amounts, then it can be diarrhea.
What is Baby Diarrhea
Diarrhea is the body’s way of getting rid of germs, its best to let the illness run its course without medicine. You should never give antidiarrheal medication to a baby.
Diarrhea makes the body lose too much water and minerals called ELECTROLYTES, that leads to DEHYDRATION. Babies especially get dehydrated very quickly within a day or two after diarrhea starts. And it can be very dangerous especially in newborns.
COMMON CAUSES OF DIARRHEA IN BABIES
– An infection with a virus, bacteria or parasite. Babies can pick up these germs through contact with unclean foods or water or when they touch germy surfaces and then put their hands in their mouths.
– A food allergy or sensitivity to some particular medicines
-Drinking too much fruit juice
– Food Poisoning
– Milk allergy: Research has found that up to 3% of babies are allergic to milk proteins found in dairy products, including most formulas and breastfed babies can develop allergies to milk proteins in the dairy products their mums consume.
POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS OF DIARRHEA IN BABIES
– Fever of 102° or higher
– Belly pain
– Blood in the stool( as it advances)
– Black, white, red stool ( as it advances)
– Dry mouth
– Peeing less often
– Acting fussy or irritable
– Inelastic skin
TREATMENT OF DIARRHEA IN BABIES
You could treat your baby’s diarrhea by yourself and in your house without going to the hospital and spending much money on medicines ( as it is not even advisable to give your baby antidiarrheal medication).
If your child eats solid foods, you can switch to bland, starchy foods like strained bananas and rice cereals until diarrhea stops.
If you are breastfeeding might need to adjust your own diet to avoid any foods that could trigger diarrhea in your baby.
You should also avoid giving the following foods to your baby
– greasy foods like fried eggs or chicken
– foods high in fiber like vegetables
– dairy products like milk and cheese
– Sweets like cakes cookies and soda
You should also offer lots of liquids like water and fruit juice (homemade and in little quantities) as your baby will be dehydrated
*Do not give your child local herbs (Agbo) especially when he has diarrhea
* Please be careful when changing the diaper as diarrhea stool contains acids which may lead to skin irritation or diaper rash
* Diarrhea caused by a viral or bacterial infection is highly contagious. This is why it is very important you wash your hands with warm water and soap every time you change your babies diaper. Also, keep the diaper changing environment clean and disinfected and do not take your child to the daycare until they are fully recovered.
That will be all. Remember our children are our key to the best future and a healthy child is a happy child.
Have a wonderful week ahead.
Love you all.
Written by: Anjolaoluwa Adigun