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Diarrhea: Moms’ Advice

This may be the one case where it’s OK for your baby to be a BRAT. If you baby has diarrhea, try the BRAT diet, which stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. These foods, one mother says, help bind baby up.

Other moms told WebMD to keep babies hydrated with electrolyte solutions. And steer clear of fruit juice, which can encourage loose stools. 

Doctor’s Take

“We want them to flush it all out,” Schechter says. “The main thing we worry about is dehydration, but we don’t give them medicine.”

"If the diarrhea is severe or bloody, you need to take your baby to the doctor to check the stool for infection,” Schechter says. “But if the baby is having loose stool, eating well, has no fever, it can go on for a week before we’d check out.” Don’t forget to add a Y to the BRAT diet -- the Y stands for yogurt. The probiotics in yogurt hasten recovery.

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Reviewed on October 18, 2011

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