My son came down with a severe case of diarrhea when he was one year old. It lasted for three days and we had to take him to the ER.
What to Do to Stop Infant Diarrhea
"Probiotics, whether in powder form or in foods with live cultures such as yogurt or kefir can help diarrhea," says Dr. Heather Finlay-Morreale, a pediatrician with University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Group. "Babies should continue to nurse or take formula. Milk does not need to be stopped. Smaller, more frequent feeds may be helpful."
- Continue nursing or offering formula
- Smaller, more frequent feedings may help
- For older children, offer probiotics in food or powder form.
When Should I Contact the Doctor About My Baby's Diarrhea?
According to Dr. Finlay-Morreale, reasons to call your doctor about diarrhea include:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Stool that is white, black, tarry, or red
- Prolonged diarrhea
- A large volume of stools per day
- If there has been recent international travel or camping
- Persistent vomiting
- If your baby is under three months old.
Symptoms of Diarrhea in Infants
Diarrhea is characterized by the appearance of watery and loose stools more than three times in 24 hours. In most cases, diarrhea will go away on its own. However, it can lead to dehydration, which is a serious problem.
An infant's poop is already soft. Babies who are breasted typically have runnier poop than babies who are fed formula.
With that in mind, even an infant can get diarrhea. When this happens, the poop is even looser, more watery, and there may be more of it than a regular poopy diaper.
What Are the Symptoms of Dehydration in Infants and Children?
The biggest concern when it comes to diarrhea is dehydration. The body loses more water when the poops are more watery than usual, so it's important to look for signs of dehydration.
Keep an eye out for:
- weight loss
- dry or sticky mouth
- lack of tears
- fast heartbeat
- poor skin turgor (when the skin on the back of the hand stays elevated after it is pulled up and released)
- sunken eyes
- decreased number of wet diapers
Foods to Treat Diarrhea or Dehydration in a Baby
If your child is eating solid foods and can keep food down, continue to feed them normal foods (avoiding some of the items below). Doctors no longer recommend limiting food to the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast).
The following diet plan can help your baby recover.
- Strict oral rehydration solution like Pedialyte every 4-6 hours. This is the most important step. Do not let your baby dehydrate. Continue breastfeeding or giving formula. Watch carefully how the baby reacts to milk and decide whether to temporarily stop feeding milk. Sometimes nothing can stay in the stomach. If your baby refuses milk, try Pedialyte.
- Bland foods. If you have started giving solids to your baby, feed her applesauce, strained banana, saltines, strained carrots, strained squash, mashed potatoes(no additives), rice cereal and oatmeal. You can also feed her toast, crackers, breads, pretzels, rice, mashed potatoes (no additives), noodles (no additives), bananas, applesauce, carrots, squash, Rice Krispies, Cheerios, oatmeal, and yogurt with active cultures.
- Milk products. Some babies may become lactose intolerant during this time, so consult your pediatrician.
- No oils or butter.
- No spicy foods or sauces until diarrhea subsides.
Note: You should always consult with your child's doctor before starting any kind of medication or if you have any doubts.
Check out the video below for more information about how to detect dehydration.
When a Baby Needs Hospitalization to Treat Diarrhea
When he was one year old, our son got a severe case of diarrhea that lasted for three days. We ended up going to the emergency room because he became completely dehydrated. He completely recovered after the doctors gave him intravenous fluids, but we were in the hospital for two days.
It was heart-breaking to watch the nurses search for a vein to insert the IV. It is very hard to find a vein when the person is dehydrated. We learned a lot from that experience and I wrote this article as a guide for parents so they know how to treat diarrhea in their own infants and children.
Possible Causes of Infant Diarrhea
- Changes in the mother's diet, if the infant is breastfed.
- Infections such as norovirus (the flu).
- Rotavirus (preventable with a vaccine). This virus spreads easily through hand contact with germs.
- Bacterial infections from contaminated food and water. Common bacteria include Salmonella, Escherichia coli (E.coli), and Campylobacter.
- Inflammation such as inflammatory bowel disease.
- Celiac disease.
- Milk or other protein intolerance.
- Carbohydrate malabsorption (including lactose intolerance), or “toddler’s diarrhea” a chronic diarrhea where undigested food matter is seen in stool are all causes of diarrhea.
- Parasites such as Giardia lamblia, Cryptosporidium, and Entamoeba histolytica.
- Reaction to medicines: Antibiotics, blood pressure medications, antacids containing magnesium, and cancer drugs can cause infant diarrhea.
How to Prevent Diarrhea
- The winter months are prime time for norovirus. Be careful to wash your hands and your child's hands after being in public places and before eating. Hand sanitizer does not kill norovirus so soap and water work best.
- Some diarrhea illnesses are spread by food, so careful washing of produce and thorough cooking of meat and eggs is advised.
- Hygiene is key to prevent one member of the house from spreading diarrhea to the rest of the house. Hands should be washed with soap and warm water after handling dirty diapers or vomit.
- Use bleach wipes to clean bathrooms and changing tables.
How to Prevent Dehydration
Do Antibiotics Cause Diarrhea?
"Antibiotics cause diarrhea in a few ways," says Dr. Finlay-Morreale. "Amoxicillin-clavulanate causes diarrhea in many people due to the clavanate portion. Others are thought to disrupt the gut flora and cause diarrhea. Finally, a certain bacteria, c. difficile, can overgrow following antibiotic use and cause severe diarrhea."
What Type of Anti-Diarrhea Medicine Will My Doctor Prescribe?
According to Dr. Finlay-Morreale, anti-diarrheal medication is typically not used in children. Both the two most common ones, bismuth salicylate and loperamide, are not advised for children.
Typically, antibiotics are only used if a bacterial infection is confirmed by stool culture. If there is vomiting as well as diarrhea, ondansetron can treat the vomiting but can make diarrhea worse.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2008 blessedmom
Mary Woodward on April 03, 2020:
Hi my daughter is 2 months old she keeps spiting up all of her milk i give her and has done nothing but poop i am worried what can i do
Fakunle Funmilola Lara on February 24, 2020:
What can I use to stop my 18months old boy his having diarrhea.its 6 days now.please help me out thanks
Portia mphana on May 30, 2019:
How to stop diarrhea for teething
angel on April 03, 2019:
My 8month old start Messina soft and running for days now sometime it soft then it little form and I'm worried
Lizzy on January 24, 2019:
my baby is 9month and his suffering from diarrhea and dehydration, please what do I do to stop it.
Susan on January 07, 2019:
My baby has been dehydrated pls ways to rehydrate
Lisha on December 19, 2018:
My daughter is 8 months and had diarrhea from past one month. I have consulted my doctor and started antibiotics but there is no use in it. She poops for 5 to 7 times a day. The poop will be moderate some time and some time watery so can someone suggest me how to stop the diarrhea.
stanly on September 06, 2018:
the best way to deal with dehydration in babies with diarrhoea is coconut water
Gladys on August 31, 2018:
Can a 2 month old baby start growing teeth
Heather on August 27, 2018:
My child just turned 15 motnhs on the 10th of august. She is goin to get her 15 month shots this wed. She has had diarrhea All day yesterday an then woke up early this morning around 4 somthing almost 5 with diarrhea. an its 6:17am where im at an already has went twice. What color should i watch out for!? Or how to help stop it!
Kaylee on August 17, 2018:
Is it normal for a 6 month old baby to poop 6 times a day?
Seema on August 16, 2018:
Hi my baby is six months n had diarrhea for two days but i see some mucus with a streak of slight red please help someone really worried
july caesar on May 23, 2018:
my baby is 4 months he was 15 lbs and now he is 12 lbs and he has been suffering from diarrhea from last 2 weeks and he is also vomiting and bloody diarrhea when he drink formula milk and he stopped breastmilk when he was in 2 months and he is a g6pd defiencist we went to doctor and not getting better what should i do for my baby plz advice me
july caesar on May 23, 2018:
my baby is 4 months and he has been suffering from diarrhea from last 2 weeks and he is also vomiting when he drink formula milk and he stopped breastmilk when he was in 2 months he is a g6pd defiencist we went to doctor and not getting better what should i do for my baby plz advice me
Gabby on May 20, 2018:
My 10 mons old baby had a diarhea with stomach pain for 5 days..Help some advice...
Marfelia Santibanez on May 13, 2018:
My son is 2 years old he been having diarrhea almost for 2 weeks he eats fine i took him to his doctor they did some tests on him i need help i dont know what to do please help me
SHERYL on April 24, 2018:
I have a 20 month old with diarrhea need help I took her camping a week ago help
Mina on April 13, 2018:
My 5 month baby has diarrhea so much i do breastfeed and formula.i dont know what to do plz some one help me i am really nervos
Gorakhp patil on March 27, 2018:
My 10 month son has effect theeting vomit fever loos mosooin please what type of medicine use
Sia on March 18, 2018:
My three months old has had a diarroea nd it is green nd it is lose. I don't breastfeed I use formula
Jo on March 08, 2018:
My baby has diarrhoea for a week now took her to emergency her dr nothing they can do just make sure she’s not hydrated
I change her to non dairy I’m afraid she will get dehydrated is there something they can give to stop this virus
damion on March 04, 2018:
My 14 month old has had diarrhea for the past week. Quite explosive. Just gave her toast. Gonna buy some apples today. Was planning to start her on apples now she's got 4 teeth
Tamica on February 26, 2018:
my baby is 6 months, and has had diarrhea for three months now, his pediatrician prescribed two different types of formula but none of them works. what shall I do next? please help me out as soon as possible.
Kimie on February 12, 2018:
My 1 year old son vomit and also have diarrhoea,what should i do please help
Mohammad Asif on February 06, 2018:
I have my 10 months make baby he is suffering from diareia from last one night doctor suggest ORNIDOX-NT but still not controlled please suggest.
Mpho on December 18, 2017:
my child had a runny tummy for 3weeks,I gave his salt sugar solution to keep him hydrated, and introduced the brat diet he got better now his tummy started again ..I'm so confused as too how is this possible! But it happens more when he had liquids and he loves his juice an milk im so torn.
His stoll is lampy and a bit greenish and yellowish..
mashilo on December 17, 2017:
My baby ha diarrhea and passes watery stool, and it's green soe times. She also vomits unless we feed her bit by bit. 4 days have passed, doctor gave medication but nothing is working.
Mommyof5 on December 15, 2017:
My baby girl has had diarrhea since the 3rd and these damn doctors can't figure out what wrong with her someone help me please
Eunice on December 14, 2017:
My 1.5 mo baby is having diarrhea throughout the day. He is passing loose stool whenever he farts. This is different from his bowel movement previously. He produce 2 dirty diapers everyday previously, today it is a total of 10 during the day itself. Please advise.
Brandy on November 28, 2017:
Breast milk is NOT dairy...
Faith on October 15, 2017:
My child isbtwo monthsvand has a runny tummy since last week I don't know what else to do I took him to the doctor and clinic but still the same
Jennifer on October 07, 2017:
My 3 month old daughter is having diarrhea and throw up since she was born. She was on Similac advance , Similac for spit up and now she been on Similac soy milk for the pass 4 days and the doctor said I will see a different in 48 hours but my daughter is still having diarrhea and throwing up. I need help what can I do next for her.
Cynthia on September 19, 2017:
My child 16 months old has been diarrhea for the last one week and half what should do. He doesn't eat only water and breastfeedng. thank you
Dushyant Dodiya on September 18, 2017:
Hello Sir, My baby is 2.5 Month old. She has diarreah for last 24 hours and not stop it. paediatric dr. say watch some time its normal. how to stop diarreah home made madicine and what food taken by my wife because my baby took breast feeding and Dixolac Milk Powder. Please suggest.
Constance on March 20, 2017:
My baby has diarreah for two weeks and it does not stop I took her to the clinic but noting has change. She doesn't eat she only drink the formula only
onma ogenyi on March 07, 2017:
Asia Sabri on December 15, 2015:
Thanks for all your advice
ravi on December 23, 2014:
my baby girl is two months old she is not going for bowl since last five days, we are giving breastfeed milk, giving colic drops for colic pain . please kindly suggest me for bowl
Mavis Delali Adeku on November 09, 2014:
My child is suffering from dirrhea for some weeks now and l have try all can but still what should l do to help l need help ooo am convinced.
EmmaD on July 07, 2014:
If your little one will not take the rehydration products because,lets face it, they taste nasty- then perhaps this tip from the pediatrician might help. Make up the rehydration product according to the instructions then FREEZE it in little pieces,perhaps an ice cube tray or lolly moulds. They are more likely to take more of it in and they don't realise its medicine. Good luck xx
Tushar on May 02, 2013:
thank u that is very informative
ella on April 22, 2013:
my baby is five months, and he has almost a week of diarrhea. then started vomiting but not a lot. hes drinking formula and pedlitye. But i still take him to the docter. he says take him home and if hes still not drinking come back to me but that's what he says all the time . still its getting worse. could you tell me how to stop the dirrehha
Hana on June 07, 2012:
My 7 month baby had a fever of 103c then she vomit twice and loose motion.I took her to doc he told me it's not virus..Bcoz she has high fever.
JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on March 28, 2012:
This hub is really informative. I have a 10-month old baby and i hope that I don't find myself in such a dilemma.
Tiffany on March 17, 2012:
Thank you so much! My twins are suffering from diarrhea! And have been for 3 weeks ever since their daddy went out to sea. I am not sure what is going on at this point, but now I know what diet they need. Thank you!
Grandma Luna on March 12, 2012:
My daughter and family is in Disneyland. The youngest has diarrhea. That's good to have web site that gives good sound advice, Thank you .
paps on March 12, 2012:
my 14 month old daughter started with sickness early hours thursday morning, she started with dierreah thursday afternoon, she has seen a doctor on thursday that was concerned about her becoming de-hydrated, so i followed his advice and friday when she was no better i took her back to the doctors and they gave her some dioralyte to replace any lost salts n vitamins, will this keep her hydrated?? she is not herself, is not interested in playing and spends a lot of the day sleeping, throwing her self around as doesn't no what she wants or sat cuddling me! i don't want to go back to the docs n look silly if i don't need to-whats ur advice??
i have also stopped giving her milk all she is having is water.
-she has sore lips
-she is slapping her lips together(suggesting she is thirsty)
-poo is very very watery and yellow with a strong smell
-lots of trumps
-dark circles around both eyes
Jen on January 13, 2012:
When your baby is sick, you should allow them to breastfeed MORE not less. Human breast milk is not a dairy product. This article is very ill-informed, and sadly it seems that the doctors that got you confused with a cow were as well. If you want information on how to help your breastfed baby when they are ill go to kellymom.com
Hilton Dominguez on December 19, 2011:
im going crazy as a dad reading n trying to do the right thing. we have a 6 month old boy who got sick 4 days ago for his first time. i took him to the doctor plus ER already they say give it a few more days to allow the virus exit his system. fever is controlled now hovering around 99 to 100...was vomiting some yesterday but today is just diahhrea w every breast feed.....he is irritable n very fatigued...eyes droopy...im scared he gets dehydrated so im starting to give more water now which he has a lot of interest in plus a little but of applesauce. mild productive cough...hoarsed vocals...i cant wait to c him get thru this already...ive consider stopping the breastmilk but not sure thas a great idea....anyhow thanks all of u for sharing ur exper n thoughts very calming hearing other cases....these stomach virus r something else......my poor kid i hate seen him like this soo needy n winy without energy.....im monitoring his temp n checkng for signs of dehyd......hopefully he can recover tmrrw cuz mommy needs to go to work n he just wants to b in her arms plus i can t breast feed lol.....
rita on December 16, 2011:
i was very worried about my 9 months baby who is having diarhea almost for 5 days naw.but naw am calm cause i read same of your experience naw.thanx a loy
umm on December 09, 2011:
thank u soo much.. the best advice anyone could have given..
Erin on December 08, 2011:
Please use actual medical advice not this article. I don't imagine any doctor would suggest stopping breastfeeding during a bout of diarrhea. Nor is gastroenteritis the flu. Please don't state your opinion as fact. People please use common sense. My lo has had diarrhea for almost a week. Still nursing and feeding soy milk and most other regular diet. She's a happy little bug.
Declan's Mummy on December 08, 2011:
Hi 'needs advice'...did your sons diarrhea settle down? My nearly 12 week old son has had diarrhea for 4 weeks now. He got the rotavirus 2 days before he was due for the immunisation. the virus gave him shocking diarrhea, but it kept continuing so the paediatritian told me that he has most probably become temporary lactose intolorent because it stripped the lining and good bacteria from his gut, so I am on a strict no lactose diet (breastfeeding) to fix the problem, but that has been 10 days now, and while he doesn't seem in pain anymore, he still has diarrhea! Im off to the doctors next week but need advice too!!!
bettermom on December 05, 2011:
my girl is just four months old and she stool up to five times in a day,she shows lots of discomfort before she stool and its always watery, draws and a little green in colour.I also noticed that her diaper doesn't get soak with her urine like before but her stool is much and smelly.she has already started on solid(rice cereal with infant milk).she's not gaining weight eighther.is it ok as she stool?how can she gain weight?
S. Walker on November 28, 2011:
hi my 8 month old has had diarrhea since friday and its monday now i gave her pedialyte all day yesterday and 1 bottle of her milk last night today i have changed 3 diarrhea diapers buts its just ben a small amount now does that mean that its getting better??? or should i still take her to the doctor???
Emma from UK on November 23, 2011:
Great advise here Blessed mom. I was searching as I needed to double check, my son is lactose intolerant and has caught a bug, he is pooing coloured liquid. I have re-hydration powders.
Jessie Jane Gamotin baylin on November 22, 2011:
tanx for much info..my baby is 1year old and is suffering from fever,vomiting and diarrhea and i don't know what to do.she doesn't want to eat and im so worried cause shes getting thinner.
needs advice on November 14, 2011:
my 7month old son caught gastroentritous and has watery diarrhea for 4weeks, my doctors don't seem to care. He has also supposdly went lactose intolerent even though they haven't even tested for it and after nearly two weeks on lactose free milk he has still got this watery diarrhea that is going up his back through all his clothing. Ive had no support from health visitor who thought i was an anxtious mum as my child had sever diarria. i feel i have no help from medical profesionalls and feel this has went on for some time. im at my wits end....
Ryan's mommy on October 07, 2011:
If you are going to keep Breastfeeding when your child has diarrhea, which I think is great, then you need to ensure that you eliminate all dairy from your diet. It is also very important to keep an eye out for any foods that you may be consuming that can be affecting your child. A breastfeeding mom, when their child has diarrhea, will want to be on a bland foods diet to rule out any food intolerance/allergy their baby may have developed until the child is fine again.
Great suggestion on the coconut water.
Hanice on October 07, 2011:
Thanks for the info
mary jay v on October 05, 2011:
my daughter 9 months has had diarrhea for the past 4 days i took her to the dr and she gave me no solution or the reason for the diarrhea so iam going to take her to the hospital hoping they can give me a solution since i tried doing everythiong ii can and she cant keep anything in her stomach and she hates pedyalite today she is not active at all and i am very worried..
Caro on October 04, 2011:
My 13 month old currently has diarrhea for about 7 days. She does not like the taste of pedialyte so I have been keeping her hydrated with natural coconut water without added sugars. So far this seems to be helping her stay hydrated. For those babies that do not like pedialyte, coconut water might be a good alternative since is packed with electrolytes. I recommend it.
Jade on October 02, 2011:
NEVER STOP BREASTFEEDING WHEN YOUR BABY IS ILL. That is the most misinformed and dangerous bit of advice out there. Breastfeeding is what is going to help your child and keep your child OUT of the hospital. Breastmilk contains natural antibiotics. Numerous doctors and nurses have told me that breastfeeding is the BEST possible thing I could have done for my child when he was sick and to continue to breastfeed as much as he wanted to. They told me that in fact I had saved my child from a hospital visit/becoming very ill as he refuses to eat or drink pretty much anything except breastmilk when he is ill.
Charlton Zuzarte on May 16, 2011:
The above is very helpful
vrajavala from Port St. Lucie on March 25, 2011:
Good hub. So many parents overlook the danger.
Pinky on March 01, 2011:
I agree with Amber. I breastfed my 14-month old son through his bout of diarrhea (with very high fever 39C+) and it helped him a lot since he didn't want to eat or drink plus it comforts him. Unfortunately, he has loose stools again which has been going on for several days now minus the fever though - the main reason why I was searching for answers that eventually led me to this site.
When I read about halting breastfeeding, I immediately looked for supporting data elsewhere coz I was doubtful about that. I knew that whatever sickness you or the baby has, breast milk is his best source of antibodies. Glad I did too! This is PATH's publication about Breastfeeding and Diarrhea: http://www.path.org/publications/detail.php?i=1551...
Also an excerpt from KellyMom:
1- Breastfeeding should be the FIRST choice if your child can take anything by mouth. Because of the ease and rapidity with which breastmilk is digested, even if your child vomits or stools shortly after nursing, he will still have retained some of the nutrients. Other foods that are often suggested (such as Pedialyte, sports drinks, gelatins and sodas) offer little nutritional value and none of the antibodies that human milk contains.
2- When your breastfed child is ill you'll want to offer more frequent feedings -- this can limit the volume taken in at one time and helps to comfort and soothe a sick child. If your child is vomiting often and not keeping the milk down for long, it may be helpful to breastfeed frequently but limit the length of each nursing session (so your child takes in less milk at once). Another option is for Mom to express some milk before breastfeeding so that the milk flow is slower. RARELY does the baby who is allowed to breastfeed at will during a vomiting or diarrhea illness become dehydrated.
3- Babies who are allowed to continue breastfeeding through an illness such as this are less likely to become dehydrated than those who are taken off the breast. Continued nursing also provides your child with precious antibodies that will prevent the illness from worsening and speed healing. Nursing is also very comforting to your child, which is healing in itself.
Amber on February 12, 2011:
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT STOP BREASTFEEDING A BABY WITH DIARRHEA!!!! The information in this is inaccurate. Yes, it is best to avoid dairy in children with diarrhea, but breastmilk is NOT dairy....I am not a cow, I am a human, therefore my milk is not dairy! Howevever, I should avoid dairy while nursing a baby with diarrhea. Nursing your baby frequently (every hour or so) is the best way to combat dehydration in an infant suffering from diarrhea. You may give a small amount of pedialite from a sippy cup or bottle between nursings if needed.
Daggz from KE on February 06, 2011:
great piece.. it is hard to get such comprehensive information on the web these days
Jen on January 16, 2011:
Recently found this article when I was trying to figure out what to do for my 12 month old who had been having diarrhea for several days accompanied with occasional vomiting and low grade fever. I had called the pediatrician on the 3rd day sickness and her nurse attributed it to the vaccines she recently had and told me to keep her on pedialyte but stop the formula. I did that, but the diarrhea was just not going away. After reading this article I realized that I had to talk to the doctor and had her paged on a saturday night. She told me to start her on probiotics, specifically a product called florastor.....it helped ease up the diarrhea. That was last night and today she's so much better.
Cindh on December 25, 2010:
my grandson is 1 1/2 month and has diarrhea for the past 2 days, and is crying constantly is there something we can do? Should we give him Pedialyte since he is so young or take him to the emgergency room. He was spitting up a lot now he has diarrhea. Any suggestions. We need to do something quick!
Naaziyah on December 14, 2010:
My 7 month old has had a fever and diahrreah induced by antibiotics for 3 days and in this time I've been to the gp 3 times, the hospital via ambulance and spoken to an out of hours dr.
If ur child has diahrreah pls do not hesitate to contact a health professional it's always better to be safe than sorry and DO NOT feel as if you've wasted their time.
Arimardan yadav on December 10, 2010:
Thanks, for information about diarrhea diet.
kassie on December 03, 2010:
thanks so much! my 4 month old has been having diarreah and you helped me tremendously!
REBECCA on December 02, 2010:
My 15 month old daughter has had diarrhea now for 5 days & I'm starting to get really worried I took her to the doctor on the 3rd day & he said theres nothing I can do just let it run its course give her formula like always & keep up the fluids.. He also said to make sure she is weeing.. Well I'm not happy with this info so I'm going to another doctor cause its not going away & she has the worse nappy rash I have ever seen.. She is eating bananas, rice, toast, dry bis, mash spud drinking formula, water & cordial just to get fluids in her.. she hates that hydralyte shit! don't blame her yuk!
new mum on December 01, 2010:
my baby is just 3 months old and she has had diarrhea for 3days she normally does it after every feed and she currently is on S-26,took her to the doctor and was told that's its fine for babies to open their bowel after every feed is that really true.Its really worrying me,please can someone help me.
Wendy on November 30, 2010:
Some of this can be helpful. But it is very dangerous to be advising people to stop feeding their babies breast milk or formula during an episode of diarrhea! Formula and milk Are fluids with electrolytes in them as well. And giving your baby pedialyte without consulting a physician first can be dangerous.
Karee on November 17, 2010:
Is it ok to give cows milk to the toddler with 8 days of diarrhea? I discontinued it after the second day but I'm getting worried that he's not getting the milk. Should I buy lactose free vitamin D milk?
Check your advice... on October 02, 2010:
You should NOT be advising moms to stop breastfeeding while a baby has diarrhea - it's not the same as cow milk and has valuable antibodies to help the baby fight infection. Please do some more research before posting something like this.
Scott Pennington on September 26, 2010:
Damn im scared now, im 13 and ive had the runs for 2 days jeese just read i might die on other sites
Primrose on September 08, 2010:
Hey guys. Thanks for all the help. Im gonna try the BRAT..im sure it will help. My 8 month 1 week old baby got diarrhoea like 3 days ago but i wasn't sure if it was it on the 1st day. The 2nd day,i had 2 change like 6 diapers in 16 hours which is very abnormal coz i use very good diapers that can last 8 hours. He hasn't passed any stools since today but he is kinda irritant,but hey he s such a strong n 4ever smiling baby. He still is able to keep that smile. The good thing i guess is coz im still breastfeeding him and he is really up to it.
One advice i can give to all those that are still planning on having more babies is to make sure they get Rotavirus vaccination for their babies..it protects them from diarrhoea. I learnt about the vaccine when my baby was 6 months and when i reached the hospital,the nurses for the Dr told me since my baby is over 2 months,chances of him getting it were nil coz it affects babies around 2 months n since he didn't get it then we safe. I believed them and went on to get Pneumococcal and Hib vaccines for my baby since he was at the right time for them. If only i had checked /known,this would ve been avoided. Guess we all learn from our mistakes. There is nothing as sad as a sick baby and hey its better to prevent than to cure. Stay blessed u all and take care of those beautiful innocent beings. Primrose Bonzo. Gaborone. Botswana. Southern Africa
Dayna on August 27, 2010:
Hi there, This web-site helps. I have a 9 week old and he has had 2 diapers that was diarrhea. So I am just keeping my eye out on him today. He has peed which is good. I am also a breastfeeding mom so if he wants more milk I will give it to him since it has a lot of great antibodies and he really can benefit from it. Thanks because I was worried.
maricris on June 16, 2010:
my son's has a diarreah for about a week now.. im worried coz i don't know if he is dehaydrated already coz i don't see any sign of it.. he takes a lot of water and still active in playing.... my in laws said he is teething that is why
Renie on June 13, 2010:
My son Reave had a gastro0intestinal infection a couple months ago and it can last 3 weeks. Those usually come as both vomiting and diarrhea. Best advise i can give: If you have a dishwasher, put your child's plastic toys through a cycle, it does a great job of killing off a lot of germs. Be careful with juice and fruits because they can make it worse. Try to maintain his sleep schedule as much as possible and if they are down to a single nap a day, try adding in a second nap. Keep your cool. Toddlers get REALLY feisty when they are sick. Think about how you feel when you are sick and how it feels to have people screwing with you all the time. Patience is key. Most important, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY. Don't wait. If you hit day 2 and it's the same or getting worse don't hesitate, you can make it worse by waiting.
Kristin on May 26, 2010:
Thank you for the information! I have a 10 mth old who has has this for 7 days. We went to CHKD and was told it is just a virus.. They said it could last up to two weeks! Im freaking out. My poor baby is hurting.. I feel as if when I talk to the doctors its no big deal.. Thnaks so much for the help!
nieta mackay on May 20, 2010:
My baby has diarree i had no idea i had to stop giving him milk formulaThanks a lot
Concerned on May 17, 2010:
You mention not breastfeeding, this is very wrong. Breast milk is not like regular milk. Perhaps milk should be avoided by the mother breastfeeding. Breast milk helps with immunity, keeping hydrated, and has antibacterial qualities. If anything a breastfed baby should receive more breast milk!
autumndaddy on May 12, 2010:
Thanks for the hub. Lots of useful advice.
Just a heads up for parents who like to sweeten toddlers milk (since they will not drink it otherwise) with either honey or sugar. Be very careful to avoid any artificial sweeteners particularly polyols (sugar alcohols) such as Maltitol. Sugar alcohols commonly cause diarrhea and gas in ADULTS, children can be effected by very small amounts. Just today my wife accidently bought imitation honey containing various sugar alcohols (particularly maltitol, lots of it) and my poor baby (18 months) has had the worst diarrhea. She's been drinking honey in her milk every morning for the past four months (since the doctor ok'd it)
and never had a problem.
teresa on April 18, 2010:
teething causes dirrhea doesnot seem to be biological, babies having eruption of teeth do have itching and they tend to put any thing they happen to pick in their mouth, and this could be the reason that they have dirrhea during teething
jay on March 28, 2010:
These tips helped a lot. But why did you say toast if I cant give my baby butter?
maiee on March 27, 2010:
hi.my baby s 9mo n 2wks old.she's been having diarrhea for a week now but since she is teething i am really not sure what is the real thing.i just saw your hub now n i will start doing it today.she is still the active n happy baby a week before that..hope this will help..byt the way the whole week was like d diarrgea was coming n going..
Sarah-Ann on March 25, 2010:
You're information was very helpful. My daughter is on the 3rd day of having diarrhea, Ive been doing all this to try and treat it.. Shes been having things like breads( nothing on it) and plain potato (mashed) Hopefully it stops soon, People have been telling me its because of teething as she got her 2 bottem ones in january 2010, she just got her 2 top ones a couple of days ago, and 2 more on the sides are now almost through so shes not a happy baby.
Appam - No, you do TREAT diarrhea, Its not always possible to prevent it, as teething babies can get it and there is nothing you can do to stop it.
appam from India on February 25, 2010:
Don't treat diarrhea; You prevent diarrhea, breast feed as long as possible. Let the child enjoy the result, you too.
Rebecca on February 20, 2010:
DO NOT STOP BREASTFEEDING. Any advice that tells a nursing mom to stop breastfeeding is blatantly WRONG and MISINFORMED. blessedmom, that is horrible, terrible advice! An abrupt discontinuation of breastfeeding can only dehydrate the baby and cause mastitis in the mom. The BEST THING TO DO for a baby with diarrhea is to BREASTFEED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE---YOUR BREASTMILK IS A TAILOR-MADE MEDICINE for your baby!
graceth0mas from Philadelphia, PA on February 02, 2010:
Thank you for sharing. I have a 4-month old baby and sometimes its really hard to tell if it's diarrhea or she just really need to spill it all out. I learned a lot from your hub.
les on January 24, 2010:
my baby is 9 months old and she has had diarrhea for the past 2 days. i've been giving her pedyalyte, is there a limit to how much i can give her. i'm taking her to the doctor tomorrow.
ruth on January 19, 2010:
pedianurse is one of the few people saying anything sensible here. What goes for one baby / toddler doesn't go for all! Breastfeeding is practically NEVER contra-indicative to a baby - a mother will be producing anti-bodies to any bug a baby gets and she will pass this back to her baby. Speak to your doctor, or pediatric nurse - but don't stop breastfeeding your baby just because someone elses baby was lactose intolerant! (if they stuck their hand in the fire, would you?)
Gajapathy Venkatesh on January 18, 2010:
Thanks Blessedmom for your post. My 6 months old son is also suffering from diarreah for the past 3 days. We took him to the doctor on the very first day. Because he was completely dehydrated within 2 hours.
It is better to take the baby to a hospital and start IV fluids at once. Before taking to the hospital, as an emergency measure aid we can give some water with Salt added to it.
marilyn on December 23, 2009:
My daughter will be 3 months in a couple of days, as has diarrhea as well, i took her to the dr. and she said to continue to give her formula but to give her 2 ounces of pedialyte between feeding to avoid dehadraytion...if the diarrhea continued to stop the formula and only feed her the pedialyte. Well it hasn't gotten better this is her 3rd day, so as of this morning im only giving her pedialyte. Im hoping this works she wetting her diapers, her mouth isn't dry, she doesn't have a fever,,,,but it's stressing when she poops a second after her feedings.. :(
Ayelet-Hashachar Birulin on December 06, 2009:
It is not usually necessary and can, in fact, be quite dangerous to stop breastfeeding a baby, especially one that is exclusively breastfed. Like all matters,it is advisable to consult one's pediatrician before taking such a drastic step.
hope on November 04, 2009:
hey,thanx 4 the advice,all these symptoms are visible on my son and l am takin him to the hospital 2morrow!