The Best Baby Diarrhea Treatment Options
Before worrying about a good baby diarrhea treatment you need to know what caused the diarrhea to begin with. It’s usually not too hard to figure it because most of the time it’s a simple as a change in diet whether adding an extra feeding to switching from formula to solid foods. As long as you’ve confirmed that your baby’s diarrhea is not related to anything serious that needs treatment then you can focus on the treatment.
What To Do
The most important thing to do when it comes to a baby diarrhea treatment is to prevent your baby from getting dehydrated. As important as it is to find a way to stop the diarrhea it is most important to keep your baby hydrated and safe while you do this. If your baby is having trouble keeping down milk or formula then you need to consult your doctor who will most likely recommend and electrolyte replacement made for babies. It’s not uncommon for a baby to have trouble keeping down any food or formula for a day or two when they’re sick and as long as you make sure they’re hydrated and getting fluid that’s generally enough.
You may have heard of the 'BRAT' diet which is often recommended for children and adults when they’re suffering from diarrhea. 'BRAT' stands for: bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast (dry). This diet is a good source of reference if you’re really not sure what to feed your baby and this has been shown to help. At the same time though, if your baby is eating solid foods then changing their diet too drastically from what they’re used to isn’t necessary to help treat diarrhea. Sometimes a drastic change can cause diarrhea so just play it by ear.
When To Worry
If you’ve tried the mentioned baby diarrhea treatment methods with no result after 24 hours then you may want to take your baby to the doctor to rule out anything more serious. Also, if your baby is showing any signs of dehydration or other symptoms along with diarrhea then you may even want to head to your local emergency department if you’re not able to get in to see a doctor right away. The symptoms to look out for include:
• Dehydration (dry mouth, crying with no tears, diaper dry for more than 5 hours)
• Blood in stool
• Black stool