9 months old baby with loose stools

New - posted on 12/06/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hello mommies, my 9 months old son has been having loose stools since a week. He's on medication right now and its been 3 days but i see no difference. He passes about 3-5 loose stools everyday. Is it ok if i continue with his solids? My mom in law told me not to give any solid. I am only breastfeeding and tried giving him formula but he refuses! He's really getting weak. Plz help!

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Sabiba Ntiense - posted on 04/01/2015

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Please continue with his usual meals,cereals are fine,but you my want to avoid anything that would worsen stooling,such as beans.....The 'Brat' diet is good,but without the bananas cos they make stooling worse.....You should also reduce formula(MILK) if he isnt loosing weight,there is nothing to worry about,your son would continue to change in so many ways for a couple of years.

Sabiba Ntiense- Williams

New - posted on 12/06/2013

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Thanks. Yes the medicine is supposed to thicken the stool. Is it because he's not having solids the stool doesn't seem to be thick? And i don't see any signs if dehydration. He's was his normal happy self when i gave him little solid(cooked rice). But i can't figure out why he's having loose stools..teething??

Katherine - posted on 12/06/2013

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What type of medication is he on? Is the medicine supposed to thicken his stool? Have you called your doctor? If he has been on solids, I would continue with them but modify what he eats while he is sick. Try the BRAT diet - bananas, rice, apples, and toast. All these foods will help thicken the stool. Rice cereal mixed with formula, toast, Gerber pureed bananas and/or apples, and apple sauce are all good for this. Also try giving him water and/or pedialyte to help him stay hydrated. If he gets dehydrated, you need to contact your doctor immediately - he may need to go the hospital. Signs of dehydration include dry lips, no tears when crying, being lethargic, decrease in wet diapers, sunken soft spot, etc. He needs a lot of liquids right now to help counter what he's losing. And keep on breastfeeding - it's a great way to get nutrients and water in him while comforting him at the same time.

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