How to Treat Diarrhea and Dehydration in Infants and Children

Updated on April 17, 2018
Expert ReviewedDr. Heather Finlay-Morreale, Pediatrician
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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
  • Dehydration
  • 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.

Applesauce (not sliced apples) can help treat diarrhea as apples have a binding effect on poop. Applesauce is also a hydrating food.
Applesauce (not sliced apples) can help treat diarrhea as apples have a binding effect on poop. Applesauce is also a hydrating food.

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
  • lethargy
  • limpness
  • decreased number of wet diapers

Toddlers and older children can eat toast when recovering from diarrhea.
Toddlers and older children can eat toast when recovering from diarrhea.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Milk products. Some babies may become lactose intolerant during this time, so consult your pediatrician.
  4. No oils or butter.
  5. 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.

Mashed bananas can help resolve diarrhea. Bananas have a binding effect on poop and can help settle the stomach as well.
Mashed bananas can help resolve diarrhea. Bananas have a binding effect on poop and can help settle the stomach as well.

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.

Rice cereal is a good food to offer your baby when they have diarrhea.
Rice cereal is a good food to offer your baby when they have diarrhea.

Possible Causes of Infant Diarrhea

  1. Teething
  2. Changes in the mother's diet, if the infant is breastfed.
  3. Infections such as norovirus (the flu).
  4. Rotavirus (preventable with a vaccine). This virus spreads easily through hand contact with germs.
  5. Bacterial infections from contaminated food and water. Common bacteria include Salmonella, Escherichia coli (E.coli), and Campylobacter.
  6. Inflammation such as inflammatory bowel disease.
  7. Celiac disease.
  8. Milk or other protein intolerance.
  9. 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.
  10. Parasites such as Giardia lamblia, Cryptosporidium, and Entamoeba histolytica.
  11. Reaction to medicines: Antibiotics, blood pressure medications, antacids containing magnesium, and cancer drugs can cause infant diarrhea.

Toddlers and older children can eat saltine crackers when recovering from diarrhea.
Toddlers and older children can eat saltine crackers when recovering from diarrhea.

How to Prevent Diarrhea

  1. 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.
  2. Some diarrhea illnesses are spread by food, so careful washing of produce and thorough cooking of meat and eggs is advised.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Expert Review

Dr. Heather Finlay-Morreale

University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Group
Worcester, Massachusetts
  • The article has been modified since this review was written.

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      july caesar 3 weeks ago

      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

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      july caesar 3 weeks ago

      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

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      Gabby 4 weeks ago

      My 10 mons old baby had a diarhea with stomach pain for 5 days..Help some advice...

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      Marfelia Santibanez 5 weeks ago

      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

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      SHERYL 7 weeks ago

      I have a 20 month old with diarrhea need help I took her camping a week ago help

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      Mina 2 months ago

      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

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      Gorakhp patil 2 months ago

      My 10 month son has effect theeting vomit fever loos mosooin please what type of medicine use

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      Sia 3 months ago

      My three months old has had a diarroea nd it is green nd it is lose. I don't breastfeed I use formula

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      Jo 3 months ago

      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

      Poor baby

      I change her to non dairy I’m afraid she will get dehydrated is there something they can give to stop this virus

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      damion 3 months ago

      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

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      Tamica 3 months ago

      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.

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      Kimie 4 months ago

      My 1 year old son vomit and also have diarrhoea,what should i do please help

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      Mohammad Asif 4 months ago

      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.

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      Mpho 6 months ago

      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..

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      mashilo 6 months ago

      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.

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      Mommyof5 6 months ago

      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

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      Eunice 6 months ago

      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.

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      Brandy 6 months ago

      Breast milk is NOT dairy...

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      Faith 8 months ago

      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

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      Jennifer 8 months ago

      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.

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      Cynthia 9 months ago

      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

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      Dushyant Dodiya 9 months ago

      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.

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      Constance 15 months ago

      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

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      Asia Sabri 2 years ago

      Thanks for all your advice

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      ravi 3 years ago

      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

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      Mavis Delali Adeku 3 years ago

      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.

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      EmmaD 3 years ago

      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

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      Tushar 5 years ago

      thank u that is very informative

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      ella 5 years ago

      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

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      Hana 6 years ago

      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.

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      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.

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      Tiffany 6 years ago

      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!

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      Grandma Luna 6 years ago

      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 .

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      paps 6 years ago

      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

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      Jen 6 years ago

      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

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      Hilton Dominguez 6 years ago

      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 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 poor kid i hate seen him like this soo needy n winy without 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.....

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      rita 6 years ago

      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

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      umm 6 years ago

      thank u soo much.. the best advice anyone could have given..

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      Erin 6 years ago

      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.

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      Declan's Mummy 6 years ago

      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!!!

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      bettermom 6 years ago

      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 it ok as she stool?how can she gain weight?

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      S. Walker 6 years ago

      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???

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      Emma 6 years ago from UK

      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.

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      Jessie Jane Gamotin baylin 6 years ago

      tanx for much 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.

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      needs advice 6 years ago

      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....

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      Ryan's mommy 6 years ago

      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.

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      Hanice 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info

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      mary jay v 6 years ago

      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..

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      Caro 6 years ago

      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.

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      Jade 6 years ago

      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.

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      Charlton Zuzarte 7 years ago

      The above is very helpful

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      vrajavala 7 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Good hub. So many parents overlook the danger.

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      Pinky 7 years ago

      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:

      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.


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      Amber 7 years ago

      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.

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      Daggz 7 years ago from KE

      great piece.. it is hard to get such comprehensive information on the web these days

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      Jen 7 years ago

      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 helped ease up the diarrhea. That was last night and today she's so much better.

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      Cindh 7 years ago

      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!

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      Naaziyah  7 years ago

      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.

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      Arimardan yadav 7 years ago

      Thanks, for information about diarrhea diet.

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      kassie 7 years ago

      thanks so much! my 4 month old has been having diarreah and you helped me tremendously!

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      REBECCA 7 years ago

      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!

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      new mum 7 years ago

      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.

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      Wendy 7 years ago

      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.

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      Karee 7 years ago

      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?

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      Check your advice... 7 years ago

      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.

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      Scott Pennington 7 years ago

      Damn im scared now, im 13 and ive had the runs for 2 days jeese just read i might die on other sites

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      Primrose 7 years ago

      Hey guys. Thanks for all the help. Im gonna try the 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 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

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      Dayna 7 years ago

      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.

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      maricris 8 years ago

      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

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      Renie 8 years ago

      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.

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      Kristin 8 years ago

      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!

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      nieta mackay 8 years ago

      My baby has diarree i had no idea i had to stop giving him milk formulaThanks a lot

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      Concerned 8 years ago

      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!

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      autumndaddy 8 years ago

      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.

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      teresa 8 years ago

      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

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      jay 8 years ago

      These tips helped a lot. But why did you say toast if I cant give my baby butter?

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      maiee 8 years ago 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..

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      Sarah-Ann 8 years ago

      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.

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      appam 8 years ago from India

      Don't treat diarrhea; You prevent diarrhea, breast feed as long as possible. Let the child enjoy the result, you too.

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      Rebecca 8 years ago

      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!

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      graceth0mas 8 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      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.

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      les 8 years ago

      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.

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      ruth 8 years ago

      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?)

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      Gajapathy Venkatesh 8 years ago

      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.

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      marilyn 8 years ago

      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.. :(

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      Ayelet-Hashachar Birulin 8 years ago

      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.

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      hope 8 years ago

      hey,thanx 4 the advice,all these symptoms are visible on my son and l am takin him to the hospital 2morrow!

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      wenyan 8 years ago

      My childs pediatrician told me to give my 4month old pedialyte for 24- 48 hrs, to eliminate any dairy foods and his formula but to continue breastfeeding because of the good nutrients and antibodies.

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      tam 8 years ago

      My 13month old has diarrohea from a stomach bug. The doctor told me to weaken her formula to half-strength and give her 10ml of Hydralyte every 10 minutes from a syringe. His advice was not to wait for her to drink from a bottle but to force her to drink the Hydralyte. Anyone whose ever had a 13 month old knows you cannot force them to drink what they don't want to. He also said not to worry about food - although she is hungry and I am not about to deprive her. The diarrohea has lasted 7 days now and her nappy rash is shocking. Is there anything they can give a little one to stop the diarrohea??

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      veena 8 years ago

      My baby is 12 months old and is repeatedly suffering from diarrohea with small gap of few days. What might be the reason and what diet to be followed? Please give a solution.

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      Anna 8 years ago

      Actually, breastmilk is the preferred liquid to give when baby has diarrhea. It's easily digested and has antibodies. It's better than Pedialyte. And you should NEVER water down formula!

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      kako 8 years ago

      But when i consult with the doctor he advised me that Infants that are breast-fed or formula-fed should continue to receive Breast milk during the rehydration phase of their illness if not prevented by vomiting.

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      Gwen 8 years ago

      Your article was very helpful, thank you!! My son is only 3 months old and has diarrhea. I'm going to the doctor in two days but i'm afraid it will get worse. Even though he's only 3 months should i still try to give him pedialyte? He's been spitting up and has diarrhea, and today it worsen. I went through 5 diapers in a couple hours, all loose stools.

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      pedianurse 8 years ago

      The American Acedemy of Pediatrics does NOT advise stopping breastfeeding during diarrhea, nor should you water down formula. Also, the BRAT diet is outdated advice as it is not a source of protein. If a parent has concerns about diarrhea, please contact a professional healthcare provider and do not take well-meaning but misinformed advice. The baby who was made to stop breastfeeding most likely got better due to the intravenous fluids. There is not a correlation between remission of diarrhea and stopping breastfeeding. This is very misinformed.

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      blessedmom 9 years ago from USA

      Michelle, Some babies become lactose intolerant temporarily during diarrhea. So, you may want to try stopping formula or dilute the formula with water. Make sure your baby is getting a lot of fluids. Of course consult with your pediatrician right away. Hope your baby feels better soon.

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      michelle 9 years ago

      if my daughter is having diareah should i stop formula that i give her to?

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      Ashley Joy 9 years ago

      Of course do not forget to make sure they stay well hydrated. My son had to end up getting an IV he lost so many fluids.

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      Jesus_saves_us_7 9 years ago from Seeking Salvation

      very informative hub, awesome job!

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      Cherish77 9 years ago

      great advice, wish I would have seen it back in August. Aw well, next time.;)


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