One year old with diarrhea.

Leah - posted on 03/12/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My one year old has had diarrhea since for 5 days now. In the morning it seems a little thicker but by the evening is kind of mucus like. He is drinking and eating really well. No fevers, not cranking. Besides the diarrhea he has been the same. What kind of foods can I give him to help it stop and at what point should I take him to see the Dr. if he other wise seems fine? Thanks!

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Emily - posted on 03/12/2009

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My son had diarrhea for 6 days.  Just this past week.  He was eating and drinking just fine.  Today was the first day is was normal.  I never took him to the doctor because we were out of town.  He did get a really bad diaper rash from it though and none of the diaper ointments were working.  Once I got home I used some hydrocortisone cream 2.5% (RX only) and it cleared up the rash and he is better.  It all eventually passed.





Shelley - posted on 03/12/2009

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BRAT- bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. If it continues I would really see a doctor kids can change real fast and it is best to error on the side of caution. Go with your gut!

Dorota - posted on 03/12/2009

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The BRAT diet used to be prescribed for any stomach issues including diarrhea, however, The American Academy of Pediatrics states that most children should continue a normal, age appropriate diet. The foods from the BRAT diet may be added, but should not replace normal, tolerated foods. Sugary drinks and carbonated beverages should be avoided

Jen - posted on 03/12/2009

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My baby had diarrhea for five days, too. I finally brought her to the doctor yesterday when she got a rash. Apparently the rash was part of the viral infection.  If your little one is still having wet diapers, eating and drinking, and is not lethargic, just keep an eye on him.  Make sure he stays hydrated. But, trust your instinct. If you think he needs to see a doctor, do it. My friend's son was sick for almost two weeks before they realized it was an ear infection and not a stomach bug.

Leah - posted on 03/13/2009

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Thanks everyone. I did call the Dr.s office today and they said to if it doesn't go away in 2 weeks then to bring him in. They actually said not to change his diet since he is being normal otherwise, and he eats most of the BRAT food anyways. He is on Soy already so the dairy really isn't a problem to not give him since he doesn't get it anyways. I really don't give him juice either. Thanks so much everyone! You helped me sleep better last night!

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Jenny - posted on 03/12/2009

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I run a dayhome and two of the children have been out due to diarrhea this week.  One of the parents took their son in to the doctor to find out that there is a major flu going around right now, they named it 'Childrens Flu' (go figure!).  It lasts an average 5 or 6 days.  Hang in there!!  It should pass soon.

Laura - posted on 03/12/2009

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hi leah i had same problem with my son when he was 10 months, and took to the dr after week, did tests to see if was infection, and it wasnt, so the specialist said it could be the juice, or lactose intolerant(which was formula), so started givin more water and cut down on the juice and the kind of juice, and changed to soy, and the problem corrected itself:D hope this helps.       laura

Mandie - posted on 03/12/2009

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I agree with the BRAT diet, and make sure you cut out sugar juices and dairy, that will just make it worse. Pedialyte is awsome. that is what i have always used for my daughter. and once it starts to go away, i would slowly intruduce the dairy back. so do one dairy item for a couple days, then two... untill they are back to the normal diet.

Jela - posted on 03/12/2009

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I have 6 children and diarrhea is not something you want to mess with because a child that age can get easily dehydrated.  You also have to wonder how much of what they are eating is really being absorbed by their bodies. 



When it first starts I tried rice water (boiled rice just add extra liquid do not drain plain white) any food that binds really.  Avoid anything with sugar.  I am not a Doctor so I recommend that you call your pediatrician.  I was always told if by morning its not gone call the Doc.

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