Foods For Baby With Diarrhea

All babies have their own “poop clocks” – their timetable. But if you think that your baby’s poop smells bad and is coming more frequently than usual it could be diarrhea. In this post, I suggest some foods for baby with diarrhea that may help “bind” baby and some foods to avoid giving baby while his little tummy recovers.

Diarrhea in babies can be caused by:

  • The common rotavirus
  • Bacterial infection
  • An allergy,
  • Medication
  • Or too much fruit

Baby with diarrhea – Symptoms Of Dehydration

Babies are very vulnerable to dehydration during episodes of diarrhea and even more so when vomiting couples diarrhea. You can prevent dehydration by upping your baby’s fluid intake. Keep an eagles eye on signs of dehydration. Babies can very quickly become dehydrated within a matter of hours.

Call your pediatrician when notice that your baby has diarrhea and especially if he is vomiting. Your doctor will advise you if your baby should go in for a checkup in case he needs oral rehydration solutions to replace lost fluids/electrolytes.

Signs of dehydration may include:

  • Sunken eyes
  • Lethargy
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea for more than three days (call your doctor within 24 hrs if your baby is younger than six months for advice)
  • No tears when baby cries

Note: The information on this page is for educational purposes only and is not meant to replace the advice given to by your doctor. Contact your child’s doctor if you think or suspect that your baby has diarrhea.

Foods for baby with diarrhea – The Brat Diet

American Academy of Pediatrics states that most children with diarrhea can continue on their regular diets. Breastfeeding is great for your baby if he or she has diarrhea, so if you breastfeed your baby just go for it and breastfeed as often as he demands.

The brat diet is a remedy used for stopping diarrhea by feeding a baby with ‘binding’ foods. Some good foods for baby with diarrhea :

  • B – Banana
  • R – Rice
  • A – Apple Sauce
  • T – Toast

Also good:

  • Carrots
  • Plain Yoghurt

    Foods To Avoid Giving To Babies With Diarrhea

    Giving foods that can loosen stool or irritate a baby’s tummy should be avoided. Foods high in fiber and sugar can easily irritate a baby’s tummy.

    The following are not foods for baby with diarrhea and should be avoided

    • Plums
    • Prunes
    • Peaches
    • Pears
    • Apricots
    • Oats
    • Dried beans
    • Fruit juices
    • Whole milk

    Taking Care Of Your Baby’s Sore Bottom

    When a baby has diarrhea, a sore red bottom is not uncommon. Avoid nappy wipes with fragrance until your baby’s bottom is fine again.

    Try using makeup cotton pads with fresh lukewarm warm water to clean baby’s bottom instead (this is also good for a newborn baby’s regular nappy change).

    Learning More and Resources

    Healthychildren.org

Baby with Diarrhea

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