Diarrhea in infants and toddlers are a very common issue as their stomach is not as much developed as adults. It’s not a matter of being worried too much as diarrhea can be cured by the home remedy. But most of the parents fear dehydration and painful diaper rash during diarrhea. Some parents are thinking about foods, what to feed or what not to. In this article, you will get details about the causes of diarrhea and how to stop diarrhea in babies fast.
Causes of diarrhea in babies:
Don’t worry too much; remember that diarrhea is the body’s defense system to throw out germs from the gut. However, the body also throws out fluid, electrolytes, and nutrients with germs; which causes. Babies can have two forms of diarrhea, chronic form and acute form. The major cause of diarrhea in babies due to:
- Infected food and water.
- Putting dirty hands in the mouth.
- Eating roadside foods.
- Eating food prepared in contaminated water.
- Feeding vegetables/ fruits/meat
- Food sensitivities
- Some medications.
And most of these causes include attack with viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Most commonly E.Coli bacteria and Rotavirus cause diarrhea. Usually babies from 6 months to 2 years affected by Rotavirus. Rotavirus contains a large number of germs so it can spread easily. Babies from 6 to 32 weeks can be vaccinated with a vaccine named Rotateq, it works against Rotaviruses.
When is diarrhea dangerous?
Diarrhea is especially dangerous in infants less than 4 months. If any newborn has diarrhea about 24 hours with watery and loose stools more than three times than you should consult with a pediatrician.
Please contact immediately with the doctor if you see any of the below reasons with diarrhea:
- Stool contains blood
- Baby has not peed over six hours.
How to stop diarrhea in babies fast at home?
For diarrhea, baby or adult whoever the patient is, it’s better to go for a better diet plan than medications. As diarrhea brings out body fluids and essential electrolytes through stool, so it’s very important to maintain the fluid level of the body by taking much water or liquids. Some other essential for hardening stool. Let’s see below which you should feed your baby and which you should avoid:
What do you feed a baby with diarrhea?
Some types of food can cause hardening of the stool, these types of food you need to feed your baby to control fluid flow as stools. Take a look at below list:
- Rice cereal or oatmeal.
- Toasted breads
- White potato (mashed, without additives)
Some other home remedies for diarrhea:
- Stewed apple with cinnamon and honey
- Coconut water-provides electrolytes to ensure body is well hydrated
- Lemon juice with sugar- restore fluid loss
- Pomegranate juice-help in soothing the stomach
- Mint, Cumin and lemon-helps to break down sticky mucus
Pediatricians also suggest yogurts, most of the babies have digestion problem with dairy products, so it’s wise to avoid all dairy products except yogurt. Yogurt’s bacteria help in digestion procedure.
Foods to avoid with baby diarrhea:
- Dairy products, except yogurt.
- Fruits such as prunes, plums, pears and peaches.
- Spicy foods or sauces.
- Oils or butter
Don’t forget- The most important thing is to maintain hydration during diarrhea, so keep giving juice and plenty of water at every hour. Please consult with pediatricians always before feeding as per above instruction, some foods may cause allergies to your baby. We hope as per above home remedy you will be able to stop diarrhea in babies fast.
Prevention is better than cure:
Always try to keep baby items like bottles, sippy and transition cups free from germs or other toxic chemicals like BPA. Proper hand-washing, proper cleaning of baby bottles or feeding item can decrease the chance of getting diarrhea.
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