Feeding A Baby With Diarrhea
Feeding a baby with diarrhea can be nerve-wracking, as you may worry about irritating his gut and worsening his symptoms. This page suggests foods that may help “bind” your baby-and also lists some foods that are
best avoided as his delicate intestines recover.
The information given here does not replace professional medical advice.
Babies with diarrhea can become dehydrated very quickly – if your baby has diarrhea, it is very important
to consult your doctor, so that he can establish the cause of the problem and take the necessary action to treat it.
Feeding a baby with diarrhea – foods that can help
- infant rice cereal
- breast milk/formula
- dry toast
- applesauce (try our sugar free applesauce
- white grape juice
*Bio yogurt is particularly effective at helping stop diarrhea, because it contains the bacteria
Lactobacillus, which is “friendly” to the gut.
You may also find that your pediatrician recommends acidophilus supplements, which are usually available
from most vitamin and health food stores.
Feeding a baby with diarrhea – foods to avoid
- Cow’s milk-based formula – some pediatricians will suggest switching your baby to soy formula for a week or two, because babies can have difficulty in digesting cow’s milk following a nasty bout of diarrhea
- dairy products, except for yogurt (due to the reasons given above)
- apple juice*
- pear juice
- cherry juice
- prunes (dried plums)
*Why is applesauce good for babies with diarrhea, when apple juice is considered bad?
It seems contradictory, doesn’t it? But applesauce is made from the whole fruit, which means that it contains
the pectin that firms stools – whereas apple juice contains a natural sugar called sorbitol.
known to either cause or
Feeding a baby with diarrhea – should I continue to breastfeed?
Yes – breastfeeding your baby when he has diarrhea actually helps him recover more quickly.
However, you should avoid things like cola and coffee – these can pass to your baby through your
milk and may worsen his symptoms.
It may take a while for his stools to become completely firn again, as babies intestines tend to heal
fairly slowly. But if your baby’s diarrhea seems persistent, or if you are at all concerned, then
don’t hesitate to seek medical advice.