Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lee | 2011/10/12


7wk old with diarhea

Hi Doc,
My daughter is 7 weeks old and this morning(around 3am) i changed her nappy with runny poo, it happened again around 7am and 11am. She is on breastmilk and still feeds like normal (on demand). Is there anything i can give her to keep her hydrated or is breast milk sufficient?
Thank you

Expert's Reply



Breast fed babies do not normally develop diarrhoea due to a gastric infection, especially such a young baby.It could be that your baby is a rather greedy feeder and is drinking a bit too much breastmilk.Do not change your breastfeeding schedule. This may just last a day or two and hopefully will then setttle down. If her loose stools continue it would be best to ask for advice at your nearest baby clinic.

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Posted by: Mom2 | 2011/10/12

Hi Lee. Breastmilk should be sufficient but you could also try giving her some cooled water in between feeds. Just monitor if diarhea is accompanied with fever etc

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