J.N. asks from Peoria, AZ on November 24, 2007
Diarrhea - What to Do
Hi- My daughter is 10 months old and has diarrhea ever since we were at the doctors office for her check-up a week and a half ago. She did not receive any vaccines however, she did receive her first dose of the flu shot. She has no other signs of being sick, ie; no fever, still eating well and over all good spirits. I am not sure what to do. She is eating table food in addition to being breast fed four times a day. Any suggestions about what to do would be great. Thank you!!
C.D. answers from Chicago on November 25, 2007
The item in yogurt is acidophillus. You can get powder acidophillus at any vitamin store, Walgreens, health food store, etc. I got this from our pediatrician. You need to give your child tons of yogurt to equal the tiny amount of acidophillus you can put in her formula or sprinkle on her food. It works great! My son has a citric acid allergy, and so he gets diarrhea a lot if he has any form of citric acid. I give him a little sprinkling of acidophillus in his milk at night when he has diarrhea and it is significantly better. Your daughter probably got a bug or something, and the diarrhea can last up to 14 days. Also, make sure you are not using wipes when you wipe her butt. Her butt will be irritated from the diarrhea. The wipes irritate it more and can tear the skin open. What I do is put my son by the sink and wipe his butt with the water when his butt is bad. I also use Weleda diaper care cream (available at health food stores or on line) and vaseline mixed on his butt every time I change him when he has diarrhea so his butt doesn't bleed. It usually bleeds so easily when the have diarrhea. Good luck!
K.B. answers from Indianapolis on November 25, 2007
I feel you, both of my kids had it a month ago or so, 14 months and 2 months.
I read that you breastfeed. Mine were on the bottle and after failing to stop it for a couple of weeks with the BRAT foods, I put them on soy formula for a couple of days. All three times it has stopped the diarrhea.
I ran it by my Dr each time and she said it was fine to try it.
In your case, breasfeeding, I don't know how that could be done but just wanted to tell you what worked for us.
M.M. answers from Chicago on November 26, 2007
you can try the BRAT diet Bananas rice applesauce and toast it is supposed to make BM more solid
L.C. answers from Chicago on November 25, 2007
B.M. answers from Chicago on November 24, 2007
How awful for you (and her!). I would definitely call the dr, but you can also give her the B.R.A.T. diet
to help calm her belly and hopefully lessen the diarrhea.
J.D. answers from Chicago on December 04, 2007
Whenever you get an innoculation you get a little bit of the virus injected into your body. She may be having a mild flu as her body creates the antibodies to fight the virus. The old rule is the BRAT diet, bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. Good luck!
S.L. answers from Indianapolis on November 25, 2007
Apples actually help move the bowels, I wouldn't do that if I were you. Yogurt yogurt and more yogurt. All the yogurt she will eat. Yogurt has all the healthy bacteria the intestines need to help stop the diarrhea. My sons pediatrician says its the best natural remedy and as much of it as they want to eat is fine. At 10 months the cows milk used in yogurt really is no big deal.
Also steer clear of anything grape related-it will also continue to move the bowels. Grapes, raisans, grape juice, apple juice, apples, all bad...yogurt! It was my saving grace for the first few years of my sons life, he was sick so often and constantly on antibiotics which if course caused diarrhea, and the yogurt helped tremendously.
D.P. answers from Indianapolis on November 24, 2007
have her eat rice, cheese and bananas. those are natural ways to harden her stool. i'd call the doc also!