Overcome Prolonged Diarrhea In Infants?

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Hello, I have something to ask about the prolonged diarrhea in my baby. My baby is now 9 months 3 weeks old. At the end of July 2018 my son had severe diarrhea, finally he was hospitalized for 3 days. And early August, I can go home. After coming home from the hospital I dropped again and I took him to the hospital again, but the hospital advised me not to be treated again because my baby was traumatized, and he was still slightly dehydrated. After a few days my son started to return to normal, his poop was no longer diarrhea but after a few days he had diarrhea again. Until the poop was black, the color was still yellow. Starting from the beginning of the month until now, August 24, it seems that my baby’s diarrhea hasn’t been completely finished. Healed again. Will it harm my baby? But my child wants to drink breastmilk and eat well and doesn’t seem to feel any pain. Thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Maya,

Diarrhea is a change in the consistency of the stool to be softer than usual or runny with a frequency of 3 or more times a day. Persistent diarrhea is diarrhea that occurs for more than 14 consecutive days, whereas if it occurs for more than 4 weeks (even though it goes on and off) it can be said to be chronic diarrhea. The thing that is feared about diarrhea is dehydration (lack of fluids), which signs that mothers need to know are as follows:

The baby looks thirsty Eyes sunken eyes Sunken neck Dry lips Turgor of the skin decreases BAK is reduced or not at all. The child looks weak or has decreased consciousness. Continuous diarrhea with large volumes in the long term can lead to malnutrition. Therefore, it is necessary to find out the cause of the prolonged diarrhea, among others because:

Allergy or sensitivity to certain foods (eg cow's milk, eggs, etc.) Lactose intolerance Prolonged use of antibiotics (both children and mothers-from breast milk) Viral or bacterial or parasitic infections Disorders of the digestive tract, eg IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), toddler's diarrhea (presumably due to excessive intake of sugar and fat, usually can disappear itself when the child gets older. The child does not experience other symptoms apart from diarrhea) Immunocompromised state (low immunity due to certain diseases / conditions) Inflammatory bowel disease If the baby has chronic diarrhea, you should get it checked to a pediatrician. The doctor will ask for a history of symptoms, bowel pattern, type of food and medical history of the baby. The doctor will measure the baby's nutritional status and examine the baby's physical condition. The usual supporting tests are blood laboratory tests and stool examinations.

In treating children with diarrhea at home, you should:

Give the child enough to drink, give more if the child looks thirsty and still wants to drink. If there is ORS, it can be given. Always wash hands before preparing and feeding children. Pay attention to the cleanliness of the nipples if you are still giving breast milk. If allergy to cow's milk is suspected, stop giving it to the child, replace it with another type of milk. If you are still breastfeeding, you should reduce your consumption of cow products. Give the medicine given by the doctor according to the instructions. For example, given zinc for 10 days, then spend it. Administration of antibiotics and probiotics is as recommended by a doctor. If the child looks weak, does not want to drink, vomits continuously, does not BAK, take it IMMEDIATELY to the nearest health facility. That's all the explanation from me, hope it helps.

Dr. Saphira Evani

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