How to distinguish Baby Diarrhea from Normal Poop: Causes and Treatments

New born and very young children will poop quite frequently generally after they have had a feed.  To determine if your baby has diarrhea it is first necessary to recognise what is a normal poop so that you can compare when changing their nappy.  Baby poop is usually very soft especially if the baby is being breast fed and will have subtle changes depending on what the mother has eaten.  It is important to know what is a normal poop for your baby as soft poop doesn’t always mean that the child has diarrhea.  Poop consistency will also change when the child starts easting solid food.  The main change is that the poop will be firmer and it may change colour depending on the food eaten.

Once you have worked out what is a normal poop for your child it is then easier to diagnose baby diarrhea when it occurs.  Obvious changes in the consistency of the poop can signify diarrhea and this may include much looser stools than normal, an increase in poops and also the presence of watery stools in the nappy.

Baby Diarrhea is quite common among young children and is generally not serious provided that the child does not become dehydrated.  A baby who is suffering from diarrhea will lose water quite quickly so it is important that the diarrhea is recognised and the child is given plenty of fluids.

Diarrhea in babies can be caused by a large number if things including illness, infection and even the result of taking a course of antibiotics.  If the diarrhea is the result of a virus or infection then there will be a number of other symptoms that the child will have besides diarrhea such as vomiting, pain in the abdominal area as well as a fever.  This is also the case with bacterial infections which may also cause the presence of blood in the babies stool as well as the symptoms just described.

Babies can also have diarrhea as a result of a course of antibiotics prescribed for the treatment of an infection.  In many cases this is only a mild case of diarrhea which passes after the course of antibiotics has finished.  Treatment in this case is to make sure that the child has enough fluids during this time.

Food and food intolerance can also be a cause of diarrhea in young children.  Too much fruit juice can cause a baby to suffer from diarrhea as can an intolerance to certain foods such as lactose intolerance.  If food is the cause of the diarrhea then it is important to see your doctor to work out how to deal with this and also discuss food alternatives.

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