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My baby daughter has had diarreah for the past two days - could anyone help with what I should be feeding her please? She isnt sick & is very contented in herself and I am wondering if it is just teething so not that worried but unsure of what I should be giving her to eat?
How bad is the diarrhoea? How many times per day? Some degree of loose stools is pretty normal, but if she's pooing out whatever goes in, right away, it's worth worrying about.
Is she still eating and drinking normally? You can offer dioralyte to sort things out a bit. Or you can try to avoid fibrous foods (brown bread/rice/pasta are fibrous, as are pretty much all fruit + veg) and give constipating foods (cheese, egg, white bread/rice/pasta).
About 6 times a day - yesterday it was undigested food but she is drinking loads & peeing normally. Yes, she still seems to want food but not as much of it. I will try some constipating foods as you suggested, thanks v much.
Undigested food isn't a great sign - if it keeps being like that, or gets worse, you might have to put her on just clear fluids (+ breastmilk, if she's breastfed?) for a little while. I'd try dioralyte first, though.
A quick word of warning - DS2 had severe diahorrea a few months ago. He seemed well in himself but was keeping nothing in him. It turned out that he had Rotavirus which needs treating as it can quickly lead to dehydration. Despite appearing well, DS2 was did need medicine combined with a gastro diet to get rid of the diahorrea.
Might be worth talking to your GP about if it continues.
Rotavirus gastroenteritis is an important cause of diarrhoea and vomiting in children, affecting boys more often than girls. It is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in children, but is not a notifiable illness and therefore not recorded as frequently as bacterial gastroenteritis.
There are winter and spring peaks, which fall off in the summer. Usually the patient is less than one year old; rotavirus is only seen in the under fives and in the elderly.
Diagnosis is made from examination of faecal suspensions or faecal fluids. Treatment is with oral rehydration therapy
Thank you all for your help - dd still passed 6 bad diarrhoea nappies today but saw the dr who reassured it was prob. a bug & would slow down by day 5 - if not, its sample time! I can feel something very sharp on her top gum so maybe it is teething. Does anyone know how long diarrhoea nappies can last if it is teething?