How To Treat Baby's Diarrhea
By Adwina Jackson
If you see these signs in your baby, you must treat her by giving as much fluid as you can. You can give either breast milk or formula (if your baby is not more than 6 months old). Water and soup are other alternatives for older babies.
There are also special fluids designed to replace water and salts lost during your baby's diarrhea. According to American Academy of Pediatrics, these fluids are very useful in home management of mild to fairly severe illnesses.
However, you should not prepare these fluids by yourself because you may make bad liquids for you baby, which of course can worsen her condition. You can easily get the fluids in nearby pharmacies.
When should you take your baby to a doctor?
You should take her see a doctor if these conditions below occur:
- You find blood in your baby's feces. This can be a sign of bacterial infection.
- There are changes in your baby's behavior, like she cries most of the time and you can't calm her down or she refuses to eat and drink.
- Your baby has a high fever, which is above 39"C.
Nonetheless, no need to be worried if:
- your baby acts normally as usual.
- your baby has no fever.
- your baby still wants to eat.
Generally, diarrhea recovers by itself without medicine. You just need to be patient and not to worry too much. Always observe your baby's condition and examine whether her feces get solid or not and whether there's blood in them.
The key is to keep give her as much fluid as you can. If she refuses, try to give the drink in small amount but do it frequently.
About The Author
Adwina Jackson is a wife and mother of a young boy. She's also the editor of Inspiring Parenting, an online source of valuable parenting information.
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