Baby diarrhea: causes, symptoms, and treatment

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Diarrhea can become a problem if you don't follow the necessary treatment. Here we tell you what the symptoms are and how it is cured

Baby diarrhea: causes, symptoms, and treatment

Being a parent is not easy, because children do not come with an instruction manual and one of the great fears of any parent is that the child suffers from diarrhea. When babies are born, their stools are very soft, because they only eat milk. Over time, when the child begins to eat solid things, these stools harden depending on what he has eaten.

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According to Baby Center , the main symptom of diarrhea is the increase in bowel movements during the day and its much softer consistency.

There are different types of factors that can trigger diarrhea in a baby:

  • Viruses: there are different types of infections such as rotavirus, adenovirus and influenza virus that can be Causes of diarrhea and other symptoms that include vomiting and fever.
  • Bacteria: bacteria such as salmonella or E. coli often cause diarrhea that may contain blood. Some infections of this type may disappear on their own. Others, on the contrary, should be treated with antibiotics.
  • Otitis: Ear infections, regardless of whether they are bacterial or viral in origin, can cause diarrhea.
  • Other causes of diarrhea may be due to parasites, the taking of some antibiotics, the child consuming too many sugary juices or even poorly prepared formula milk. One of the most common causes of the onset of diarrhea is due to food allergies that can be caused by egg, cow's milk or endless meals. In this case, you need to make a consultation with the pediatrician to evaluate the steps to follow.
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How diarrhea is treated in babies

According to the Tua Saude website, the most important thing, after the visit to the pediatrician, is that the baby has a light diet that helps him eliminate the toxins that are causing diarrhea.

It is essential that you follow the advice of the pediatrician regarding the most appropriate food these days. In general, health professionals advise that the child eats porridge of cornmeal (polenta) or rice, puree of vegetables and all kinds of vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and squash. It is crucial to avoid the consumption of sugar. If your child drinks cow's milk, you should pay attention and give milk lactose. Lactose is the natural sugar in cow's milk and can cause diarrhea to continue bothering it. In these cases, it is advisable that you opt for lactose-free dairy that you can drink without any problem. Remember that it is essential that the baby hydrate very well because one of the most dangerous consequences of diarrhea is dehydration.

When to go to the doctor

If your child has a fever of over 38 ° C, your stools have mucus or blood, is decayed and cries a lot it will be necessary to go to the health center closest to your home or make an appointment with the pediatrician as soon as possible.


LatinAmerican Post | Marcela Antonacci

Translated from "Diarrea en el bebé: cuáles son los síntomas y cómo se cura"

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