Diarrhea refers to the passing of more than 8-10 watery stools in any one 24-hour period. What to do:
- If breastfeeding, continue breastfeeding – small frequent feeds.
- If formula feeding, Pedialyte should be given until no vomiting for 6 hours. Then restart formula using soy or lactose free (Similac Sensitive)
- Offer clear liquids such as Pedialyte or Gatorade (use powdered type added to water which tastes better) followed by a modified B.R.A.T. diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast or crackers, pastas, or lean protein such as chicken) for 24 hours. Resume a regular diet, but limit milk or milk products (except yogurt which is a recommended food for diarrhea) for 1-2 weeks.
Call us immediately if:
- There is a large amount of blood mixed with the stool.
- If there is vomiting with signs of dehydration (no urination in 8 hours or a dry sticky mouth or tongue).
- The child appears especially ill.
Call us promptly during regular office hours if:
- The diarrhea has lasted longer than 3 days with more than 8 stools per day.
- The fever is 101° or greater for more than three days.
- There are streaks of blood in the stool.