When your baby gets diarrhea, it’s not an illness. It’s a symptom of a medical problem, usually one involving the gastrointestinal area. Its’ more common on older infants, although babies of almost any age can have diarrhea. However, sometimes babies may have a day of diarrhea secondary to mild stomach irritation, and this will pass in one or two days.
For a small baby, even one episode of diarrhea can result in a significant loss of water ant other important nutrients that did not have time to be absorbed into the body. So if your baby has diarrhea, whatever the suspected cause, it is important to prevent dehydration. The most important thing to do is to replace the lost fluid. So continuing to breastfeed is the best thing you can do if your baby has diarrhea.
Diarrhea is often caused by contaminated water due to inadequate sanitation and personal hygiene. You can prevent diarrhea by making sure your hands are washed frequently and thoroughly – especially after changing a poopy diaper. Encourage everyone who handles the infant to wash their hands frequently and certainly before handling the baby. When a baby exhibits diarrhea, don’t give your baby any diarrhea medication unless you are specifically advised to do so by your doctor.