My 9 month old has had diarrhea for the last 6-7 days

Heidi - posted on 01/01/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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i have been to the doc on day 4 and they told me bassically there is nothing they can do. i have changed his diet he is drinking lots of water and is still eating alot but everything that goes in (including water) comes straight back out. not to sure what to do now he still is very active little man ... is there anything to help it or what can i do.

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User - posted on 01/03/2009

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My daughter had diarrhea for a week straight when she was teething. I know it sounds weird but as soon as the tooth broke through she was fine! This may or may not be the case for him.

Both my pediatrician and father (practices family medicine) told me to follow this rule of thumb: If vomiting or diarrhea stick to BRAT- Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast(if he has teeth). Stay away from any dairy products. If he is still breastfeeding that is fine but formula needs to be replaced with Pedialyte, Gatorade or even dilluted flat Sprite.

This stomach bug is a vicious one this year! They both said that it hangs around for 8-10 days in babies...particularly those that have never been sick before. The body is trying to figure out what to do with it.

~Good Luck~

Monica - posted on 03/06/2011

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I'm on my second round it seems with my 12 month old so I can here looking for advice but we went through the same thing around 9-months and it lasted for 1 month! I do think it has a lot to do with teething but not certain of what else. My pediatrician said there is nothing to worry about unless it is more than 8 times per day. We stuck to bananas, apples & rice and I found that Happy Bellies (by Happy Baby) rice cereal with prodiotics seemed to finally provide some reflief until the issue stopped. Definitely stay away from milk products and milk based formulas.

Lori - posted on 01/01/2009

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Us too! He finally seems to be getting better. We did try the bananas and applesauce, but it didn't really seem to make much of a difference. Painfully just took time!!

Monica - posted on 03/06/2011

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I'm on my second round it seems with my 12 month old so I can here looking for advice but we went through the same thing around 9-months and it lasted for 1 month! I do think it has a lot to do with teething but not certain of what else. My pediatrician said there is nothing to worry about unless it is more than 8 times per day. We stuck to bananas, apples & rice and I found that Happy Bellies (by Happy Baby) rice cereal with prodiotics seemed to finally provide some reflief until the issue stopped. Definitely stay away from milk products and milk based formulas.

Amanda - posted on 01/07/2009

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stay away from corn, milk, cheese products. Is your child trying to walk because when they are trying to walk the use different muscles and it makes the poop come out faster. Also I have heard that when your kid is teething they also have diarhea. If your kid is still active and there is no change in behavior and you are making sure he/she has lots of liquids, I would consider going to the doctor if these thing have changed.

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I would suggest probiotics. My daughter has had a lot of stomach, digestive and diarrhea problems since she was little. Probiotics can be found in many different forms. With the young age, I would suggest the powder you can by at any health or vitamin store, its best kept in the fridge after being opened and lasts a long time. You can mix the powder in just water or with his food (liquid or something like apple sauce) Good luck!

User - posted on 01/04/2009

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Oh My! What has he been eating? My middle son used to have lots of diarrhea when he ate something he was allergic to. If it was my son I would probably first look at any new additions to his diet, Then I would cut out all fruit and/or juice or anything with a lot of fiber and see if the runs slowed down. If that didn't work I would probably try a rotation diet looking for allergens. I hope he feels better soon!

Kristin - posted on 01/01/2009

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My 3 year old had the same thing for 6 days along with the vomiting...they told me it was Rotovirus...did anyone mention that ?

Kim - posted on 01/01/2009

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Since it's been another couple of days, you might try calling an advice nurse - most pediatrics offices have one, or you could try calling for one at a hospital or clinic. Barring that, I'd take him back to the doctor for another go. In the meantime, give him Pedialyte or Gatorade to keep fluids and electrolytes up (not sure if you have Pedialyte in Oz but I believe I saw Gatorade when I was there). And you could try giving him binding foods like bananas, rice, apples, carrots, toast, etc. Just went through a bit of a stomach bug with my 9 month old son as well, and that's pretty much what I did. Oh, and wash your hands A LOT or you'll get it too.

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