3 Month Old Baby Stool Liquid?

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My baby is more than 3 months old, the poop is liquid, but everything is normal, and the gums are white, is it teething?

1 Answer:

Hi Irman,

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If your baby is still exclusively breastfed, then loose stools may be part of physiological diarrhea. This condition is caused by the consistency of breast milk which is also liquid. As long as the diarrhea does not occur more than 10 times a day, or is accompanied by other complaints, such as abdominal pain, fever, or vomiting, then this condition is usually not dangerous.

However, it is different if your baby is already getting other additional food or drink. This liquid stool may indicate an abnormality, such as infection, malabsorption, or intolerance. It is for this reason that babies who are not yet 6 months old are not recommended to be given food or drinks other than breast milk.

If the frequency of liquid bowel movements does not exceed 10 times a day, you don't need to worry. Most importantly, continue to exclusively breastfeed your child and keep the environment around the baby clean. Make it a habit to clean your hands and breasts before and after each feeding. Also use a bra and clean clothes. Don't forget to clean toys and other objects that are often in contact with babies.

However, if bowel movements occur very often, or cause your baby to become dehydrated, you should immediately consult a doctor for further management.

The appearance of white patches on the gums can be a natural thing due to the approaching teething. The speed of tooth growth in babies can indeed vary, some are fast (less than 6 months old), but some are slow (more than 18 months).

However, it is also possible that white patches on the gums occur due to other causes, such as fungal infections, clotted milk residue, cellulitis, gingival abscesses, tumors, and so on. Therefore, to distinguish it, you should check your baby directly to the doctor. To minimize the risk of infection in the teeth and mouth, make it a habit to clean the baby's mouth area, namely by wiping it with clean gauze after each feeding, when bathing, and at bedtime.

Diarrhea in babies

The importance of exclusive breastfeeding

White patches on baby's gums

Hope it helps ya..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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