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Unspecified Loose Stools in Infant: All we need to know

About

In general, an infant’s poop is loose and soft, but suddenly if it gets much looser as well as watery, then it can be diarrhea.

It usually affects children between ages 6 and 30 months.[1]

- Not self-treatable
- Self-diagnosable
- Laboratory tests and imaging may be required
- Short-term: Resolves within days to weeks

An infection due to a virus, bacteria, or parasite, Food allergy or sensitivity to medicines, Poisoning, Change in baby’s diet and Change in mother’s diet if breastfeeding

Diarrhea may lead to dehydration in babies due to the loss of electrolytes because of excessive water loss. Infants under 3 years become quickly dehydrated. Dehydration can be dangerous, especially in newborns. Such babies need to get fluids with the help of IV in their veins.

Symptoms

Self-diagnosable: Certain self-diagnosable symptoms are as follows:
- Loose and watery stools
- Fever
- Blood in the stool
- Nausea
Infants may experience: Abdominal cramps, abdominal pain, and bloating
Also common: Vomiting

Treatment

Self-care: Wash your hands before and after preparing food for your child. Use hand sanitizer frequently while carrying your baby. Get your baby vaccinated against several bacterial infections, and ask the doctor about antibiotics.

Medication: In general, medicines should not be given. Anti-diarrhea medications should be avoided. It should be taken only if prescribed by the doctor.

Specialists: For further concern, consult a doctor or a physician. At mfine, you will receive a holistic treatment plan for optimum health.

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