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How to Treat Baby Diarrhea

When your baby is ill and having gastrointestinal problems, it can be scary. Take care of your sweet angel and make sure that a little diarrhea doesn't turn into a big problem.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Evaluate diet Evaluate your child's diet. If your baby is breastfed or formula-fed, their diet is not likely to be the problem. If your baby eats solids, suspect new foods or excessive fruit or juice consumption.
  • TIP: Pay particular attention to common allergens, such as wheat, dairy, nuts, eggs, tomatoes, and citrus fruits.
  • Step 2: Remove suspected allergens Remove from your baby's diet any suspected allergens or food your baby may have an intolerance for.
  • Step 3: Check for illness Check to see if your baby has an illness by looking for signs of a possible viral or bacterial infection. Make an appointment to see your doctor and begin home treatments if you suspect illness.
  • Step 4: Increase fluids Increase your baby's fluid intake. Feed them extra breast milk, formula, water, or a children's electrolyte drink.
  • TIP: Babies dehydrate easily. If your child can't keep anything down, call your doctor immediately.
  • Step 5: Continue regular feeding Feed your baby as normal, if they will eat. A healthy diet will help to restore lost nutrients in their body.
  • TIP: You may also consider the BRAT diet to ease an upset tummy. Feed your child bananas, rice, apples, and toast until the diarrhea subsides.
  • Step 6: Try yogurt Have your child eat yogurt if you do not suspect a dairy allergy. The live cultures will help to balance their intestinal tract.
  • Step 7: Change diapers frequently Change your baby's diaper frequently and slather on diaper cream to prevent rashes.
  • Step 8: Be observant Watch for any change in behavior, attitude, urination frequency, or vomiting. In a few days, your little one should be good as new.
  • FACT: Marion Donovan invented the disposable diaper, which was patented in 1951.

You Will Need

  • Diet evaluation
  • Signs of infection
  • Doctor
  • Home treatments
  • Increased fluid consumption
  • Frequent changes
  • Diaper cream

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