How To Treat Diarrhea In Newborns

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How To Treat Diarrhea In Newborns
How To Treat Diarrhea In Newborns

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Newborn babies often suffer from bowel disorders, one of the signs of which is diarrhea. But in order to treat it, you need to know the cause, since loose stools can be due to food, intestinal infection and from exposure to viruses, for example, during the flu.

How to treat diarrhea in newborns
How to treat diarrhea in newborns


Step 1

Do not treat diarrhea in a newborn on your own, especially with antibiotics. This can change the symptoms of the disease and cause a chronic course of an undiagnosed disease in the future. Moreover, if the cause of diarrhea is in intestinal infections, the health and life of the baby may be in serious danger. Take this into account especially if diarrhea is accompanied by high fever (39 ° C and above) and frequent loose stools (up to 10-12 times a day).

Step 2

Use the drug therapy prescribed by your doctor after laboratory tests to treat diarrhea in the newborn. Use home remedies for the treatment of diarrhea as additional measures to the main treatment.

Step 3

Once diarrhea starts, try not to feed your baby for 6-12 hours. Call your doctor and take steps to prevent dehydration in your newborn before the doctor arrives. To do this, often and little by little, give the baby water (120-150 ml per 1 kg of body weight up to 6 months and 100 ml from 6 months and older).

Step 4

During diarrhea, the baby loses not only nutrients, but also strength, so give the baby 5 percent glucose or slightly sweetened water (not sweet).

Step 5

If diarrhea in a newborn is accompanied by a temperature, do not bring it down as long as it is kept within 38 ° C. Temperature is an indicator of the body's struggle with a possible infection, which the intestines bring out with the help of diarrhea. In this case, also apply measures to prevent dehydration.

Step 6

If the baby is breastfed, feed him after abstaining from food only with breast milk, without any juices and purees. When artificial feeding replace the milk mixture with the medicinal one (as prescribed by the doctor) and give in small portions (after a break in feeding, start with half the volume). And for the baby to gorge on them, make a very small hole in the nipple.

Step 7

Monitor your diet. When breastfeeding, its errors can be the main cause of diarrhea. Eliminate all foods that cause or contribute to gassing. These are any confectionery, potatoes, milk, white bread, legumes, cabbage, grapes, melons, pears.

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