Friday, June 3, 2011

What to do with toddler diarrhoea

I used get a little concerned every time my little girl gets diarrhoea, but after a chat with a doctor, I found out that some children between the ages of 1 and 5 pass frequently, smelly, loose stools with mucus or bits of vegetables in them. Usually these children are otherwise perfectly healthy and growing fine and this type of diarrhoea is known as ‘toddler diarrhoea’. Anyway if your toddler diarrhoea for which there is no obvious cause then the following would help.

• Giving less fluid between meals and at meals if your child drinks a lot.

• Try to introduce more foods with fat such as full fat yoghurt, cheese and butter.

• If your child is having foods with a lot of fibre, or wholemeal foods, reduce these. You can give white bread, pasta, and white rice instead of whole meal varieties.

The doctor also added that diarrhoea is not worrying and that toddlers should not be given anti-diarrhoea drugs unless it is prescribe by a doctor.

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