Baby diarrhea – What do you do?

Most new born babies have frequent bowel movements and their stool is soft textured. This can lead to a lot of concern especially for a new parent. So how do you really know of it is baby diarrhea? If you do notice a sudden change in your child’s bowel movement and the stool is more watery and frequent, more than likely your child had diarrhea. However, if you only notice one diaper change that is watery, does not mean that your baby does have diarrhea. Remember, as well that as the infant grows the frequency of his or hers bowel movement will change. New borns poop at almost every diaper change especially if they are being breast fed. When the infant is introduced to solid foods, you may notice a decrease in the number of bowel movements.

So what are some of the causes of baby diarrhea? One of the most common causes of baby diarrhea is either a viral or bacterial infection. Medication can cause some sensitivity to the digestive system and this may lead to diarrhea. In some instances an allery to a particular food or even consuming large amounts of fruit juices can cause diarrhea.

If your baby has diarrhea, not only is the frequency of diaper changes going to increase, but he or she is going to be losing water and essential salts and minerals from their bodies. Make sure to keep your infant hydrated so as to prevent dehydration. If you notice a decrease in urine output and less wet diapers, or you notice a dry mouth and no tear when your baby is crying, these are some signs of dehydration. In addition, your infant may be very irritable or drowsy. Dehydration can occur as quickly as 24 to 48 hours, so if you think that your baby is dehydrated call his or hers pediatrician immeditely for treatment.

Now sometimes you may notice a diaper with infant green diarrhea. This infant green diarrhea is the cause of a viral infection. You may also notice that sometimes this is the only sign of the virus. Viruses can not be treated with medication, so let the virus run its course, which will probably last a few days. Your baby’s health should return to normal once the virus has run its course.

Many parents are under the misconception that diarrhea in infants are not contagious. Remember that it is and one should practice extreme caution so as not to spread any germs. Using antibacterial soap after diaper changes will help to stop the spread of germs. Any feeding or baby bottles should be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized. Wash soiled clothes immediately and make sure to clean all of the baby’s toys with warm soapy water. If your baby suffers for more than a few days with diarrhea and you do not notice an improvement in her health be sure to call the pediatrician immediately.