Dealing with diarrhea: helping your child find relief
Diarrhea is the frequent passing of watery stool that usually lasts about a week. It can be caused by illness or something your child might’ve eaten. Here’s how to help your child find relief.
Stoppers The main problem caused by diarrhea is the loss of extra fluid that can cause dehydration. For just loose, mushy stools, give your child a little extra water, breast milk or formula with each feeding. If your baby is eating solids, give him foods that act as ""stoppers,"" such as applesauce, bananas, rice, or potatoes. Avoid fruit juice.
Boost his electrolyte intake If the stools are really watery, use one of the prepared electrolyte solutions in frequent (every 15 to 30 minutes), small (one tablespoon to an ounce) amounts for about 24 hours. If you are breastfeeding your baby, continue to do so.
Red and green If the stool is green, watery and explosive, it means that it’s being passed from the upper intestine very quickly. This type of diarrhea, whether moderate or severe, is very likely to irritate your child’s skin. Blood or pus in the stool requires a call right away (unless the blood is a small amount of bright red blood clearly coming from a small tear in the skin inside the anus).
Keep your child dry and clean Whether moderate or severe, diarrhea will probably irritate your baby’s delicate diaper area. You can soothe him by keeping the area clean and protected with petroleum jelly. Use a high-quality absorbent diaper to keep him as dry as possible and to prevent spillage. Keeping your baby hydrated is the key to managing diarrhea."
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