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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: THE DAD | 2006/07/27

Q.

RUNNY TUMMY

TELL ME WHAT I CAN GIVE MY 90 DAY OLD BABY FOR A RUNNY TUMMY

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Do not give any medicines. It is most important that your baby does not lose too much fluid and become dehydrated. You can try a homemade oral rehydration fluid by taking 1 litre of boiled and cooled water to which you add 8 teaspoonfuls of sugar and half a teaspoonful of salt. Offer frequently to your baby over 24 hours. If the diarrhoea persists or if your baby vomits he/she must be seen by a doctor or nurse to make sure that he/she is not becoming dehydrated.

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Posted by: sambinoct | 2006/07/28

Be sure that it is indeed a runny tummy. If you are breastfeeding only the stools will be very soft and mustard colour and also as frequent as a poo with every feed. If it is indeed a runny tummy the stools will be almost colourless/pale yellow and watery. Baby will also seem very listless. In that case you need to take baby to Ped. as a young baby stands a higher risk of dehydration. Give lots of fluids like water and if beastfeeding, feed as often as you can as the antibodies help baby get better quicker unless vomiting is also present. Change nappy as often as possible to avoid a nappy rash. But I would rather take to Ped. to be sure.

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