What to do if he has diarrhea or he is constipated?

What to do if he has diarrhea or he is constipated?

  Autor NN Team Data: 18.03.2011

You might wonder if the diarrhea or the fact that he is constipated can be something serious. As you are at the beginning, inexperienced and fearful, this is understandable. In general, in young children, the transition from the periods with heavy stools to others with loose stools are very frequent and do not have much to worry about. However, you must be advised that sometimes things can become complicated. 

If diarrhea 

The most difficult problem is identifying the diarrhea. As shown, young children have looser stools without having diarrhea. If stools are noticeably more frequent and watery than before, you can start taking action. Usually, diarrhea is caused by a virus. The most common type is the rotavirus, the leading cause of diarrhea recorded in the first year of life. This generally occurs during winter in children between 6 months and 2 years. In this case, the only thing you can do is to make sure your child is sufficiently hydrated. To establish the exact diagnosis, your pediatrician should examine the stool. 

If your baby has a diarrhea for two to three weeks, but without fever or other symptoms, it is possible to have an allergy to milk. Children who are allergic and cramping when they defecate, and in some cases, the stool may contain blood and mucus. In addition, the allergy has skin effects. If your doctor determines that it is an allergy, the child will be nourished with hypoallergenic milk. 

If constipated 

This is a quite problem common, especially after the baby begins to eat solid food also. If you observe that he defecates difficultly, you shall reduce the amount of cereal they eat for a day or two to see if the situation improves somewhat. Also, constipation can occur around the age of one year, when most parents decide to switch to whole milk. Too much milk can lead to compact chairs, clay looking, which can pose problems for the little ones. If you suspect this is the cause, try to reduce the amount of consumed milk, to see what the effects are. 

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