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When to Worry: Diarrhea

Could your baby be suffering from diarrhea? Learn more about the causes and possible remedies for your munchkin.

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-It's normal for babies to have soft poop. It's normal for them to poop eight times a day, and it's even normal for poop to shoot out of their diaper and end up on their back. So, how can you tell if they have diarrhea? Even for us doctors it can be tricky. If your baby suddenly starts pooping a lot more and her stool is more watery than usual, she's probably got the runs. Diarrhea can be caused by a change in diet, antibiotic, a food allergy, or a stomach virus. Here are three steps to take if your baby has diarrhea. Give plenty of liquids. If you're breastfeeding, keep it up. It may help your baby recover faster. Your pediatrician may also recommend a pediatric electrolyte solution to increase your baby's fluid intake. You also wanna feed your baby normally. If she eats solids, she can eat her normal diet, although you might wanna cut back a bit on fruit and avoid juice. Yogurt with live cultures may speed her recovery. Lastly, watch for dehydration. This is the biggest risk because babies can lose a lot of fluid quickly. If she's crying without tears, having fewer wet diapers, her skin seems different, or the soft spot on her head is sunken, call your doctor right away.