3 Things That Can Alter Your Child's BMs
If your child takes them, he may experience diarrhea, gassiness, stomach upset, or more frequent poops. So use antibiotics for your child only when you have to. Have your child eat yogurt with active cultures every day while on an antibiotic (it'll have a seal that says "Live & Active Cultures"). Or ask your pediatrician about giving your child probiotics daily while taking an antibiotic. Research shows that probiotics can shorten bouts of diarrhea in children who are taking antibiotics.
Children with a stomach virus often vomit for about 24 hours, but they may need up to two weeks for their stools to get back to normal. When a virus sets up camp in the intestines, it takes time for the good bacteria to re-populate and allow your child's stools to get back to the way they were.
Being on the road can make it tricky to stay hydrated, leading to harder BMs. When you're drinking water from new places, the normal bacteria living in the gut can change and may also lead to runnier stools. Try to eat culture-rich yogurt daily and use probiotics the week before you travel.
Originally published in the March 2012 issue of Parents magazine.
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