Although many babies suffer from diarrhoea at one time or another, it can turn into a serious condition. With a 10-month-old, it is important to determine if he is in fact suffering from diarrhoea and to avoid dehydration. Always call your paediatrician if you have major health concerns or questions about your child's condition.
Depending on how much solid food your 10-month-old eats, a regular bowel movement can range from loose to well-formed, according to BabyCenter.com. If your baby has a stool every now and then that is loose, that is likely normal. However, if his bowel movements change drastically and quickly, then he probably has diarrhoea.
Several different things can cause diarrhoea in a 10-month-old, from a virus or a bacterial infection to a parasite. Antibiotics can also cause diarrhoea, according to BabyCenter.com, so keep that in mind if your baby is taking antibiotics for an infection. Depending on how much solid food your baby eats, food allergies can cause diarrhoea. Keep track of everything your child eats, especially when introducing new foods. Also, keep track of how much juice your child drinks. Drinking too much fruit juice can also cause diarrhoea. According to BabyCenter.com, 10-month-olds should have no more than 118ml of juice per day.
Make sure to offer your baby plenty of fluids while he is having diarrhoea to avoid dehydration. Continue to give him formula or breast milk and solids as long as he tolerates it. Only use a paediatric electrolyte solution under the guidance of a doctor. Although many parents limit what their child eats while having diarrhoea to the BRAT diet--bananas, rice, applesauce and toast--according to BabyCenter.com, the AAP recommends maintaining your baby's normal diet as much as possible. Yoghurt with active cultures can also help alleviate diarrhoea.
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