Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sammy | 2010/10/07


baby with a very runny tummy.

Morning Doc and anyone else that might be able to help.

My 5month old baby has a rather upset tummy at the moment. on tuesday her tummy went 5 times it is a runny green colour not with a slight but not to strong smell. Then yesterday it only went twice, not too runny but still green. but then this morning she woke me up just after 4am as she had another dirty nappy, it was again alot, and it was still green and very runny. i did not give her anything yesterday for it as she struggles with constipation normaly. but i am starting to get very worried now. i dont want her little body to dehidrate. she has got teeth comming in, none have acyualy cut yet but you can see them under the gum, some are very swollen and white, could it be this resulting in the tummy problems. i am a first time mommy so just going on what i hear from other mommies.
is there anything that i can give her? she doesnt seem to be in any pain(tummy cramps ex..) and is still s seemingly happy baby, her bum doesnt seem to be burning from it either.

thank you

Expert's Reply



You do not mention how your baby is being fed. Your baby's loose stools are not due to her teething now. She most likely has a mild gastro infection. Keep up with her normal feeds and offer her extra sips of Rehidrat solution. She may not drink much of this but she will take what she needs and this will prevent her from becoming dehydrated. If she starts to vomit or her stools become more watery and more frequent she should be seen by a doctor.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/10/07

Teething doesn''t cause runny tummies, so its not related to that.

If you are formula feeding, make sure that you are sterilising everything properly. Perhaps change your sterilisation method.

You need to keep baby hydrated. Its easy with breastfed babies as you just feed more often, and they still want to breastfeed when they have runny tummies. However, if she is on formula it is a little bit more difficult as this can set them off. You should then probably get rehydrate solution and syringe it into her mouth.

Try giving her reuteri to settle her tummy (it is a probiotic). When babies have diarhea, it is best to take them to the doctor s they can get dehydrated very quickly.

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