Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Jenn | 2008/10/15

Q.

Diarrhea??

My son is 8 months old now. He eats well, drinks his milk, he is a very happy baby and he sleeps very well. The past few days (about 10 days) he has a very runny tummy. I usually have to change his clothes as well after the nappy change. It actually soaks into te nappy. He doesn' t complain about this and even sometimes have it during the night but doesn' t wake up because of it.

I thought he was teething because he drooled a lot and he had the rash around the mouth because the drooling. He even slept very little during the night. A few days later it dissapeared and still no teeth. This was about a month ago.

Now my concern is that maybe he has diarrhea. How will I know. He doesn' t get any nappy rash from the soiled nappies as well even if he sleeps with it. I haven' t really changed his diet. He just started with bigger portions. I give him purity 3rd stage and he gets yoghurt everyday and baby cereal in the mornings.
And he drinks a bit of tea during the day. The nanny mixes some of his formula with the tea because he doesn' t want it if it is black.

I also felt yesterday that the soft spot on his head wasn' t level with his skull. Is this a sign of dehydration? What should I do then?

How much should an 8 month old baby eat.
He drinks only about 650ml formula a day.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby is at risk of becoming dehydrated. He certainly does have diarrhoea. Stop giving him yoghurt and tea and any fruit juices that he may be drinking.As his fontanelle [the soft area on his head] is depressed this may mean that he is dehydrated. He needs to be checked by a doctor. Give him Rehidrat as frequent sips until you get to see the doctor.

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