What is diarrhea in infants?

How do I know if my baby has diarrhea?

Suspect diarrhea if the stools suddenly increase in number or looseness. If it lasts for 3 or more stools, the baby has diarrhea. If the stools contain mucus, blood, or smells bad, this points to diarrhea. Other clues to diarrhea are poor eating, acting sick or a fever.

What does it mean when an infant has diarrhea?

Diarrhea in babies usually does not last long. Most often, it is caused by a virus and goes away on its own. Your baby could also have diarrhea with: A change in your baby’s diet or a change in the mother’s diet if breastfeeding.

What is the most common cause of diarrhea in infants?

Infection from viruses like rotavirus, bacteria like salmonella and, rarely, parasites like giardia. Viruses are the most common cause of a child’s diarrhea. Along with loose or watery stools, symptoms of a viral gastroenteritis infection often include vomiting, stomachache, headache, and fever.

When should I worry about baby diarrhea?

When should I worry about baby diarrhoea? Call your doctor if the diarrhoea lasts more than 12 hours or is accompanied by apparent cramping, tummy ache, fever or bloody stools; or if your baby shows signs of dehydration.

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How long can diarrhea last in babies?

Most of the time mild diarrhea lasts from 3 to 6 days. Sometimes a child will have loose stools for several days more. As long as the child acts well and is drinking and eating enough, parents do not need to worry about loose stools.

What stops diarrhea fast?

Home remedy for vomiting and diarrhea

  1. Get plenty of rest.
  2. Avoid stress.
  3. Drink lots of clear fluids like water, broth, clear sodas, and sports drinks.
  4. Eat saltine crackers.
  5. Follow the BRAT diet, which consists of bland foods.
  6. Avoid foods that are greasy, spicy, or high in fat and sugar.
  7. Avoid dairy.
  8. Avoid caffeine.

What can I give my infant for diarrhea?

If diarrhea is severe, give oral rehydration solution between feedings. If your child is doing well after 24 hours, try giving solid foods. These can include cereal, oatmeal, bread, noodles, mashed carrots, mashed bananas, mashed potatoes, applesauce, dry toast, crackers, soups with rice noodles, and cooked vegetables.

How long does rotavirus diarrhea last?

Symptoms usually start about two days after a person is exposed to rotavirus. Vomiting and watery diarrhea can last three to eight days.

What is the best formula for diarrhea?

Treatment for Formula Fed Infants

Avoid cows milk based formula (i.e Enfamil Lipil, Similac Advance, Nestle Good Start) until normal stools resume. Soy based (i.e. Prosobee, Isomil) or Lactose free formulas are OK. Offer oral rehydration solutions (Pedialyte) or other clear fluids (sugar water/tea).