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Diarrhea is frequent, loose, watery bowel movement, which results in loss of essential nutrients and water from the body. My baby has diarrhea what do I do?. The loss of water and salts from diarrhea can result in dehydration, which can be very dangerous. Symptoms of dehydration:
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Diarrhea is frequent, loose, watery bowel movement, which results in loss of essential nutrients and water from the body.
My baby has diarrhea what do I do?
First you should ensure the baby is not dehydrated
Just like a shriveled plant needs water for re-hydration, a baby with diarrhea needs fluids.
What food do you give to a baby with diarrhea?
Picture of ORS packet and 1 litre water bottle
Followed by giving the baby sips of ORS drink every 5 to 10 minutes.
Breast milk is always the best
If ORS packet is not available, prepare the rehydration drink at home by adding a pinch of salt and scoop of sugar in one tumbler of clean, boiled, warm water
Scoop of sugar
Clean boiled water
Pinch of salt
Giving the baby breast milk for the first 6 months and after that supplementing it with dhal, cooked beans and rice and vegetables can help prevent malnutrition
Malnourishment can very often lead to diarrhea
As much as possible breast feed the baby for the first 6 months.
If you use a feeding bottle make sure you sterilize the bottle in boiling water
Un-sterilized feeding bottles can cause infection to the baby leading to diarrhea
Unclean conditions spread germs that cause diarrhea
Cooking in or drinking water which has bacteria and other germs can cause diarrhea
Always boil the water used for drinking and use clean water for cooking
Leaving food items open and unattended can cause germs to spread
Always keep food items covered and free from flies.
Always wash your hands with soap and water before cooking, eating and after you use the toilet and always before you feed the baby
Failing to wash hands after using the toilet and before feeding the baby