Handling Diarrhea At Home In Children?

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Good afternoon doctor. This is a very confusing question so I want to ask. if diarrhea occurs at home, it is recommended that r n1. give food in liquid form r n2. giving formula milk diluted 3x than usual r n3. if you drink breastmilk, continue. r n4. give bananas r nWell, can it all be done properly. thank you

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Hello Vitha, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

Before that, I would like to ask first how old is the child who has diarrhea?


In dealing with diarrhea, it is very important to know the severity of dehydration experienced by children. If a child experiences signs of dehydration, especially if there are signs of severe dehydration, the child should be taken to the hospital for immediate treatment. The following are some signs of dehydration that you should recognize:

The child's lips and mouth appear dry
Less or no urinating at all
There are no tears when crying
Eyes appear sunken
The crown without getting in (if the crown is still open)
Skin pinching (skin turgor) returns slowly
Children become very fussy and want to drink continuously in children with mild to moderate dehydration
The child becomes weak, sleeps steadily, and does not want to drink in severe dehydration


If your child is not dehydrated, you can treat diarrhea at home yourself:

If the age of the child with diarrhea is less than 6 months, it is not advisable to give food at all, even if it is in liquid form or in bananas. Children aged 6 months should only be given breast milk or formula milk, electrolyte fluids can also be given in addition. It is also not recommended to dilute formula feeding. Formula milk also does not need to be changed to lactose-free formula except in children with severe dehydration or in children whose diarrhea worsens when drinking regular formula milk.
If the child is more than 6 months old and has received complementary foods, or the child is old enough and can eat normally, then you are encouraged to continue feeding as usual. If the child has difficulty eating, they can be given food that is easier to swallow first (soft or liquid food) but it still has to be nutrient dense, meaning don't just give milk porridge or rice porridge, but you still have to mix protein and fat into the food. You can provide small amounts of food but more often (for example, 2-3 mouthfuls every 2-3 hours) so that the child's nutritional needs can be fulfilled. Encourage children to keep eating, make food that the child likes. Breastfeeding or formula milk is also recommended as usual, no need to be diluted. You can give bananas if the child really wants.

If the diarrhea in children is getting worse, the child is vomiting so they can't drink, the child doesn't want to eat at all, the diarrhea doesn't get better after 3-5 days, you should take your child to the Pediatrician for further examination and treatment


So much information from me, hopefully it will be enough to answer


dr. irna cecilia

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