The Child’s Abdomen Is Enlarged And Bloated After Diarrhea?

Hello. My child had 5 days of diarrhea, on the first day of diarrhea until the third day, diarrhea plus nausea and vomiting ,, I have not been treated but I gave a lot of drinking and a lot of breast milk too (because it is still breast milk), diarrhea only 5 times a day But the stool has no pulp and smells very acidic. Oh yeah … my child is 1 year 10 months. After the fourth day, nausea and vomiting have not, but the diarrhea is still, it’s just that there is a texture, after the fifth day, the stool is like porridge. What I want to ask, after my child has diarrhea and vomiting and nausea … my child is thin because of pain, why is my child’s stomach rather large and bloated? And, this morning I finished changing his diapers, I saw why his stomach was not flat as usual … what was the effect of being sick yesterday, fussing, crying, so there was a lump in his stomach. Bumps that were not hard and didn’t hurt. But I was afraid, afraid of hernias …

1 Answer:

Good evening, thanks for asking at We understand your concern. Diarrhea in children can be caused by various things, including:

Milk allergy
Food allergies
Food poisoning
Lactose intolerance
Gastrointestinal infections

As for breastfeeding and drinking a lot, this may be done as an initial treatment because indeed, what is most feared in the condition of children who vomit and diarrhea is the potential for dehydration or lack of fluids. So by still being given fluids, the hope that dehydration does not occur. But if it has passed 5 days and his condition has not improved, your child should be seen by a doctor, because when he had diarrhea, which comes out not only water, but also other nutrients. So you can not just replace it with breast milk and water, because with age that has reached more than 1 year, nutrition must vary. By seeing a doctor, it can be assessed whether your child has experienced nutritional deficiencies or not, which if already, can be determined the best treatment at the same time avoiding similar conditions repeated in the future.

Then for the lump itself, it still needs to be examined directly to ascertain where the lump came from. If during diarrhea yesterday your child often pushes, coughs or vomits strongly, it is not impossible that it is a hernia due to increased pressure in the abdominal cavity. In addition to hernias, it can also be a tumor, gas collected from bacteria in the stomach, and various other conditions that can only be ascertained after being examined. Therefore, we suggest that you now consult your child with a pediatrician to find out the possible conditions and determine the best treatment.

Meanwhile, meet the nutritional needs by continuing to provide breast milk, but also provide other nutrients such as vegetables and fruit that are ripe and clean, give ORS according to the rules of use, make sure your hands are clean when touching it, and immediately consult a doctor. So, hopefully answering your question.

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