Sunday, May 02, 2010

Baby Diarrhea Treatment

Image hosted by A mild diarrhea seen in babies can be treated safely at home. The best way is to provide lots of fluids to your baby to prevent dehydration. It is also suggested to stop giving any milk or solids to the baby for a minimum of 24 hours, and gradually introduce a normal diet in the following days.

On the first day, you can start with giving glucose solution by mixing two teaspoons of glucose in one cup of boiled water. Apart from glucose there are also other salts that should be given with water. These days there are also electrolytes that are available at medical counters without any prescription. These are called as oral re-hydration solutions (ORS) and can be prepared by adding it to boiled water.

If you are breastfeeding the baby and the baby is having suffering from gastroenteritis, you should not feed the baby for 24 hours and give the baby the ORS. On the successive days you should reduce the amount of ORS and put the baby back on breast milk. If you have already weaned the baby then do not give any dairy products to the baby for the next five days. However, you should keep the infant on glucose and electrolytes.

Diarrhea is one of the major causes of death in small children. The oral re-hydration therapy is one of the best options for management of diarrhea. The oral re-hydration syrup can be made at home by adding a spoon of sugar and a pinch of salt to a quarter of water. But, make sure that the salt added is appropriate as adding excess salt can cause a problem.

The regular diet and the top milk should be stopped whenever the baby has diarrhea but breast milk should be continued until possible, as it has anti-infective properties. In severe cases of diarrhea, infant should only be fed with rip banana and pomegranate or apple juice can be given in small quantities at regular intervals. When the condition improves you can start with food made of rice, sago or arrowroot. You can also add powdered ginger or cumin seeds to spice it up. Also, give the baby soup of pulses, lean meat and butter milk. Once the stools become semisolid you can start giving curd, soft rice and diluted milk. With further improvement you can start with the regular diet gradually.

It is seen that milk intolerance can occur in a number of cases of acute diarrhea. If the child has milk intolerance then you should avoid giving any products based on milk products for at least 2 to 3 days. When you start giving milk in such cases, start with small dilute quantities in order to keep the load on the intestine low. It is important to understand that you should not restrict the child from regular food for a long time. You can start a normal diet after 4 to 5 days.

If the case of diarrhea becomes severe then you should take advice from the doctor. To prevent cases of diarrhea it is important that you should take all precautions and maintain proper hygiene.

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