What Causes Diarrhea In Infants – How to help an infant during diarrhea

Baby crying

Don’t we all moms fear diarrhea in infants, I know I do. Not only is it painful for our little ones, but also a big stress on us moms. Dads like always dip and we are their stuck with them during the night, of course not all dads are like that. I hope your a lucky one out their.

What Is Diarrhea In Infants

Your little baby has more bawl movements than before, does it look more liquid?

How to tell if your infant has diarrhea

You need to start suspecting diarrhea in your baby ones you have more ball movements and they look a lot more liquid than before, and/or lasting for more than 3 diaper changes.

What signs to look for

You can also look for these signs in your babies stool that will help you tell if it’s diarrhea.

  • Mucus
  • Blood in stool
  • Smells a lot worse than the usual stool

You can also look for these signs in your baby

  • Your baby eats less or none at all
  • Your baby is looking sick
  • Your baby has a fever

All of these signs are big and really hard not to notice in your baby, pay attention to your babies diapers at all times. Your babies doctor will ask you about the amounts, colors, and texture.

What Causes Diarrhea In Infants

The main cause of diarrhea in infants is bacterial or viral infection. It can also be from a new diet or food you might have tried your self or offered to a baby.

Also, if you bottle-feed your baby and I know how we moms feel bad about trowing away the milk. Giving your baby re warmed milk that was placed in the refrigerator, will cause diarrhea. The milk is spoiled already always toss any excess milk your baby didn’t finish eating.


What are the symptoms of diarrhea?

The main symptom that diarrhea cause in infants is dehydration, but it can also cause abdominal cramps, abdominal pain, lightheaded, or dizziness.

How to tell if diarrhea caused dehydration

There are some signs to look for if your baby has dehydration from diarrhea.

  • Your baby has red eye, and doesn’t produce tears while crying
  • Less or none wet diapers than usual
  • Doesn’t want to play or isn’t active
  • Gets easily irritated
  • Your baby has dry mouth
  • Your baby will have dry skin ( if you pinch, it doesn’t spring back as usual)
  • Your babies eyes look sunk or don’t shine as usual
  • Your baby will have a sunken soft spot or fontanelle


What stools in infants can cause dehydration?

Their is two types of stool your baby may have with diarrhea. Loos and runny stools won’t lead to your baby to having dehydration, but frequent runny stools can be a cause of dehydration.

Infants diarrhea scale

  • 3 to 5 diapers a day is a mild diarrhea
  • 6 to 9 diapers a day is already a moderate diarrhea
  • 10 or more diapers a day is a sever diarrhea

When do I need to see a doctor?

You should see a doctor if your baby develops dehydration with diarrhea.

8 or more watery diapers in 8 hours, that’s only if your baby doesn’t show signs of dehydration before.

Finding mucus and/or having foul odor in 3 or more diarrhea diapers.

Having diarrhea in an infant younger than 1 month look carefully for blood in stool.

Your baby continuously vomits for longer than 24 hours.

How long does diarrhea last?

Diarrhea in infants could last from several days up to two weeks. Your main goal is not to let your baby get dehydrated.

How To Help An Infant With Diarrhea

Their is some ways you can help your infant at home if shown signs of diarrhea.

  1. The first and most important thing you can do to help your baby during diarrhea is keep giving your baby food/fluids. Offer your baby the breast or bottle as frequently as possible.
  2. Having an older baby that can have table foods
  • Offer foods that contain extra starch
  • Offer more fluids ( water)

Baby seeping with a bottle

What not to do during diarrhea

  • Don’t stop feeding your baby
  • Avoid offering juices and carbohydrated drinks
  • Avoid giving your baby beans and foods that can cause watery stools
  • Don’t ignore signs of dehydration

How to clean a baby during diarrhea

Let’s talk about how we can make it easier on your baby diaper wise.

  • Change your baby every time a stool happens
  • Don’t use wipes, wash your baby under tap water
  • Get a prescribed ointment if your baby develops a rash ( over the counter ointment won’t help)

Is their medicine that can help?

I would not suggest giving your infant any Pepto – Bismol and Kaopectate, they contain bismuth, magnesium, or aluminum, which is harmful to infants.

Ask your infants doctor before using any medication on your baby.

What should a breastfeeding mom eat?

Breast milk in general can help you baby with diarrhea, it contains natural antibodies.

You can always increase the help of your breast milk by eating a B.R.A.T. diet.

B – bananas

R – rice

A – applesauce

T – toast

This diet is mainly of foods that helps to firm- up stool.


How I Dealt With Angel Diarrhea

I personally had experience with sever diarrhea in an infant, when Angel was 4 months he developed diarrhea.

At first, it was nothing serious just couple watery diapers a day, around 4. With in a week he developed a sever rash, he couldn’t even wear a diaper not even talking about sitting on his bottom.

I tried not using diapers and wipes, it helped but not much. When in two days nothing would help, I went true all the over the counter ointments. I ended up at his doctors office, where they gave me a prescribed ointment that blocks the diarrhea acids from contacting his skin. With in full two days of using that ointment his rash was gone.

Angels diarrhea lasted for whole 3 weeks, we also ended up in the hospital with dehydration and a high fever.

Did you ever experienced diarrhea in infants? What did you do to help your baby?

6 Replies to “What Causes Diarrhea In Infants – How to help an infant during diarrhea”

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