When your baby has diarrhea it can be a worrying time for parents, especially when it comes to mealtime. Which foods should you offer your little one? Is there anything that can help or will some foods exacerbate the problem and cause your baby more suffering? This article looks at what to feed a baby with diarrhea so that you can help their delicate intestines to recover.
There are some foods which will not irritate your baby's digestive system and some which may even help to stop diarrhea in its tracks. One of the best foods to offer your baby if he has bowel trouble is banana as this can sometimes cause constipation and therefore may work to counteract the diarrhea your child is experiencing. Bland foods are also a good choice when your infant is suffering from diarrhea as these will not stimulate the digestive tract too much. Foods like plain baby cereal or cooked and pureed white potatoes are excellent options that your baby will be able to keep down but will not cause extra problems. If your baby prefers finger foods, dry toast is a suitable alternative. You may want to try offering your little one plain bio yogurt as this contains bacteria which is actually good for the stomach and aids digestion, helping to stop diarrhea in its tracks. You should also continue to offer your baby their regular breast milk or formula milk at the usual times to avoid them becoming dehydrated.
There are lots of foods that should be given a wide berth if your baby is suffering from diarrhea. These are the ones that irritate the digestive tract and worsen the problem. Some foods, especially certain fruits, are known to cause loosening of the stools anyway, so giving these when a baby already has diarrhea is sure to cause extra problems. Therefore, steering clear of prunes, apples and apple juice, apricots, peaches, pears or plums is wise in this situation. You should also avoid giving any dairy products, except for bio yogurt. Although it is important to give your baby lots of liquids to keep them hydrated, you should take care to avoid any fruit juices which contain sorbitol as an ingredient as this is known to aggravate cases of diarrhea. If you give your baby cow's milk based formula milk, your doctor may suggest switching to a soy based formula for a couple of weeks until the problem has passed, as cow's milk is harder to digest and may cause further problems for a week or two even after the diarrhea has cleared up.