Diarrhea and diapers are a bad mix. Follow this advice to keep your baby healthy and your diaper changing to a minimum.
- TIP: Some good examples of binding foods are bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.
- Step 1: Keep your baby well hydrated. If your baby does come down with a case of diarrhea contact your pediatrician for their professional medical expertise.
- FACT: The vaccines used to prevent rotavirus, an illness in infants that causes diarrhea and vomiting, are up to 87 percent effective.
- Step 2: Feed your baby a well-balanced diet. Too many high-fiber foods such as peaches, pears, and plums will cause loose stools. Add some binding foods for regulation.
- Step 3: Disinfect your baby's chew toys often. Discourage them from chewing on shopping cart handles and other children's toys that may contain germs that will make them sick.
- Step 4: Eat a consistent diet if you are breast-feeding. Changing the foods you eat can affect the way your baby digests your breast milk, often causing diarrhea.
- Step 5: Wash your hands and your baby's hands frequently with a mild antibacterial soap to rid them of germs. Babies constantly put their hands in their mouths making them more susceptible to catching a virus or bacterial infection.
- TIP: Many antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections cause diarrhea. Ask your baby's doctor if you're concerned about any medications.
- Step 6: Breast-feed your baby. Babies that are breast-fed have diarrhea half as much as babies on formula.