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My 16 days old daughter has diarrhoea - what do I do?

(18 Posts)
Badgerwife Tue 09-Aug-11 16:03:38

The title says it all really. She has very wet stools, I can only guess it's diarrhoea, what do I do?

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Tue 09-Aug-11 16:05:13

don't all babies that age have wet stools?

SoupDragon Tue 09-Aug-11 16:05:21

Breast fed or bottle? either way, I think it is unlikely to actually be diarrhoea though... Newborn baby poo is very wet (only really familiar with bf baby poo though)

Badgerwife Tue 09-Aug-11 16:05:47

There's wet and wet I guess... How do you know the difference then?

Badgerwife Tue 09-Aug-11 16:06:08


Badgerwife Tue 09-Aug-11 16:06:41

she was having nice grainy and seedy mustard poo and it's turn into a right custard (sorry TMI!!)

Danthe4th Tue 09-Aug-11 16:07:58

Pretty normal to have explosive poo that ends up all the way up the babies back and leaking out of the sides of nappies, as far as I can remember anyway, isn't it just the babies guts getting used to milk.

LIZS Tue 09-Aug-11 16:08:03

If they're wet and bright yellow, with a sweetish smell, then that sounds normal , if mucousy and pungent perhaps not.

fuckityfuckfuckfuck Tue 09-Aug-11 16:08:16

Have you eaten anything different? Onion used to irritate my youngest when I was breastfeeding.

Badgerwife Tue 09-Aug-11 16:49:19

Friends have been bringing us food but there's been nothing controversial. Maybe she doesn't like garlic bread...

fuckityfuckfuckfuck Tue 09-Aug-11 16:54:52

In all seriousness, the garlic could be the culprit. I hope she feels better soon smile

Badgerwife Tue 09-Aug-11 17:12:44

Thanks a lot, I will try to relax.

HerdOfTinyElephants Tue 09-Aug-11 17:14:52

BF babies' poo varies hugely from one poo to the next, and sometimes it is virtually fluid or custardy. It's very unlikely that there's anything wrong.

SofiaAmes Tue 09-Aug-11 17:17:25

If she is exclusively bf, then there is nothing to worry about. Different babies just poo differently. My ds was pretty textbook and my dd only poo'd once every 7-10 days. We saved a lot on nappies!!! I ate completely normal diet which in my case included lots of garlic and spicy food. Nothing had any effect on either of them.

Sidge Tue 09-Aug-11 17:20:05

True diarrhoea is liquid like water.

Pasty, sloppy and custardy poos aren't likely to be diarrhoea.

And remember in a breastfed baby there is very little waste, so not much left to turn into proper poo!

Octaviapink Tue 09-Aug-11 19:29:28

Get used to liquid mustard - you've got a few months of it yet! Seriously, it all sounds fine.

thisisyesterday Tue 09-Aug-11 19:31:02

they're supposed to be very liquid at that age. the kind that soak right into a nappy

Badgerwife Wed 10-Aug-11 15:16:05

Thank you! I shall now go, take a deep breath and enjoy the mess.

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