When it comes to your baby, everything becomes dangerous. It’s true especially if you’re a new parent. You may consider everything as threats for your loved one, whether it’s from the outside or the inside, and her stool is one of them. If you look at your baby stools, the texture is soft and loose. It appears that way when she poops normally. However, if the stools become watery, this can be a sign of diarrhea.
What causes diarrhea?
Diarrhea can be caused by bacteria. Usually, the bacteria is transferred through food and water that are not really hygienic. Changing her diet from breast milk or formula milk to another food can also cause diarrhea. Other factors are a virus, parasites, or food intolerance.
The main sign if your baby is having diarrhea is the texture of the stool and how frequent your baby is pooping.
If you’re breastfeeding, normal stools will have a light yellow color. The texture is soft, or even runny. The stools also contain seedy-like objects. Pale yellow baby poop is what you will see if you give her formula milk. Also, the texture of the stools will be like your favorite peanut butter.
Moreover, babies can poop more often than an adult, even when they are healthy. Sometimes after every feeding, you can find stools on her diaper. That’s how frequent they poop.
Now when something is wrong with her stomach, the texture becomes more watery and she can poop twice as frequent as before.
Effects of diarrhea
Diarrhea makes your baby quickly dehydrated. Because she releases too much water through the stools, she loses water and minerals that are called electrolytes. Therefore, you have to immediately replace the liquid inside her body through breast or formula milk.
Diarrhea usually lasts from several days to two weeks. Unfortunately, there is no point in treating diarrhea in your babies to make her healthy more quickly. What you can do is to keep her hydrated and not to lose too much water.
The most organic and healthy source you can give to her is breast milk. Breastfeeding your baby helps her to recover the water that she releases through her stools.
If she still looks thirsty after you breastfeed her, ask your doctor if you can give her Pedialyte or Infalyte, which can give her extra liquids that contain electrolytes. Just give her two tablespoons of Pedialyte or Infalyte every 30 to 60 minutes.
Please keep in mind that you cannot give your baby anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor approves it.
Besides dehydration, another thing that you have to notice is her diaper. Releasing stools frequently means that her diapers get wet easily. If you don’t pay attention to this, the soiled diaper can irritate your baby’s skin, thus, causing a diaper rash.
Therefore, you may want to change her diapers quite often. Check periodically whether the rash is there or not.
To prevent irritation, you can use a diaper ointment after every change. It can be soothing and protect your baby’s skin from the unwanted rash.
When to see a doctor
It’s unnecessary for you to take your baby to a doctor unless she:
- is 3 months old or younger
- has a high temperature
- is vomiting for more than 24 hours
- has dry and sticky mouth
- has not peed for 3 or more hours
You may be scared at first and not know what to do. But in this situation where you learn more about your baby’s condition, you will have more understanding what’s normal and good for your baby. Sickness is a natural condition that human experiences. You just have to be patient and give everything she needs.