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Diarrhea in Babies

Baby Diarrhea Treatments continued...

If your child is on solid foods, your child's health care provider might recommend switching to bland, starchy foods like strained bananas, applesauce, and rice cereal until the diarrhea stops. Mothers who are breastfeeding might need to adjust their own diet, removing any foods that could trigger diarrhea in their baby.

Babies with diarrhea who are on solid foods should avoid eating anything that can worsen the diarrhea, including:

  • Greasy foods
  • Foods that are high in fiber
  • Milk products such as milk and cheese
  • Sweets such as cake, cookies, and soda

Diarrhea that's caused by a viral or bacterial infection is very contagious. Wash your hands with warm water and soap every time you change your baby's diaper to prevent the infection from spreading. Keep the diaper-changing area clean and disinfected. Keep your child home from day care until your baby is completely well.

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Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on August 06, 2012

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