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Dealing with Baby Diarrhea


Too much poop can be tough to spot in tiny tots. What to watch for? Stools so loose they sink into the diaper, says Jolanda White, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist at Columbus Children's Hospital in Ohio. Here's the lowdown on what's up with all that doo-doo:

When to call the doc: Anytime a baby younger than 2 months has diarrhea, when you see blood in the stools, or when the diarrhea lasts more than eight hours. Be on the lookout for dehydration; the first clue is fewer wet diapers. If you see a sunken soft spot, head for the E.R.

How to treat it: Continue to nurse or give your baby an over-the-counter electrolyte solution (hold off on cow's-milk formula). For ongoing baby diarrhea from antibiotics, some doctors recommend a probiotic supplement.

What to feed: When appetite returns, offer babies eating solids a binding BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast), yogurt that contains live cultures (such as Stonyfield Farms), and low-fat protein, like baked chicken.