Diarrhea and Infants

Dr. Greene, my baby has been having 4 runny poops each day for the last 5 days (she normally goes once a day). Is this diarrhea? How do you tell diarrhea in a baby? If it is, what should I do?
Bob – Walnut Creek, California

Diarrhea and Infants

Dr. Greene’s Answer:

Normal baby stool can look a lot like an adult’s diarrheal stool. Healthy baby poop is often soft and runny, and (especially in the first month) quite frequent. One 2-week-old with 10 runny stools a day may be perfectly healthy, while another 4-month-old with 3 stools a day, all firmer than the other baby’s, may have diarrhea. So how can a parent tell if their child’s stool is normal or considered diarrhea?

Look for a sudden increase in the frequency of the stools. Each baby has her own stool frequency pattern that changes slowly over time. If it changes noticeably within only a few days, she may have diarrhea. Any baby who has more than one stool per feeding should also be suspected of having diarrhea, even if this isn’t a sudden change. Also look for a sudden increase in the water content of the stool. Other signs of illness in your baby, such as poor feeding, a newly congested nose or a new fever, make the diagnosis of diarrhea more likely.

What Causes Diarrhea in Babies?

Diarrhea in babies can be caused by a change in diet (including, sometimes, a change in mother’s diet if the baby is breast-fed), by infection, by antibiotic use, or by a number of rare diseases. Each year there are about one billion cases of diarrhea in children worldwide. In most cases (more than 990 million of them) the diarrhea will resolve by itself within a week or so. Still, more than 3 million young children die each year from diarrhea (about 400-500 in the United States).

Treating Diarrhea in Babies

The central concern with diarrhea is the possibility of dehydration from loss of body fluids. Treatment is aimed at preventing dehydration, the real culprit. Most children with diarrhea can be treated safely at home.

If your baby is breast-fed, don’t stop. Breast feeding helps prevent diarrhea (making diarrhea only half as likely); it also speeds recovery and helps prevent hospitalization (Journal of Pediatrics, May 1996; Pediatrics, April 2007). If your baby still seems thirsty after or between nursing sessions, you can supplement with an oral rehydration solution (Pedialyte is the most well known, but other brands are also effective. Children in my practice seem to prefer the taste of grape-flavored KaoLectrolyte — chilled). Do not try to make your own electrolyte solution at home, as the commercially available solutions are specially formulated to meet your baby’s electrolyte needs.

If your baby is formula-fed, you might want to switch to a soy-based formula while the diarrhea lasts. A soy formula containing fiber, such as Isomil DF, can be tried if your baby is at least 6 months old and may potentially be more effective at slowing down the stools (Clinical Pediatrics, March 1997; Pediatrics, January 1998). Do not dilute the formula. As with breast-fed babies, supplementation with an oral rehydration solution can help replenish the fluids and electrolytes that have been lost in the diarrheal stools.

If your baby is already big enough to be taking solid foods, then carrots, rice cereal, bananas, potatoes, and applesauce can help slow down the stools. Avoid fruit juices, peas, pears, peaches, plums, prunes and apricots until the stools are back to normal, which should be within a week or so.

What if it Lasts “Too” Long?

If the diarrhea lasts longer than a week, or is accompanied by more than 72 hours of fever, get in touch with your pediatrician. Contact your pediatrician right away, however, if your baby won’t drink or appears to be getting dehydrated (dry mouth, crying without tears, sunken soft spot, lethargic, or going 8 hours without producing urine) or if your baby is under 3 months and has diarrhea with a fever. Vomiting for 24 hours, 8 stools in 8 hours, or the presence of blood, mucus, or pus in the stool should also prompt a call to your pediatrician.

So far we’ve been talking about poop. One final thought —

Don’t forget your baby’s bottom. Stool normally contains some of the enzymes that help us digest our food. When stool travels through the intestines more quickly, not only is there more poop, but the poop contains more of these enzymes, which can then start to “digest” the soft skin of your baby’s bottom. Frequent diaper changes, rinsing the bottom with water, air drying, and protective ointments and creams, such as Desitin, can be a real help. Cut down on baby wipes during diarrhea.

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During diarrhea, most parents are focused on the frequent, runny poops. Most doctors are focused on the possibility of dehydration. From your baby’s point of view, however, the burning irritation of the diaper rash may be the most pressing issue.

Did you find this article helpful? Still need more information? Let us know in the comments below.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

  1. Raghmah

    Hi All,
    My 8 month old baby has been pooping much more than usual. After almost every bottle feed she poops. she also has a red rash on her cheeks. it started on her left cheek and now her right cheek as well.
    she had horrible bum rash (skin burn) last week and the doctor gave me a probiotic something to bind her tummy which seemed to help with the consistency of the stool (which was elasticated). The bum burn has since healed and I stopped giving her the medication. but now she is pooping all the time causing her bum to look red again. I am afraid that she might either have diarrhoea or an allergy to her formula. she does not have a fever and is not irritable, she just constantly poops.

    What do I do????

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  2. Sneha

    Hi Dr Greene .
    My baby is 4 months old.. he is pooping with mucous after every feed.i have changed is milk from Similac neosure to nan lo lac…he is taking antibiotics as well bt no improvement has shown…
    Suggest something…

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  3. maryam

    i have my seven moths old baby and he will be 8months old next month.I am worried bcoz almost 2 weeks he keep on pooping.In a day he make poop like 4 to 5 times and he poop little by little and his poop cause rashes in his ass.

    Need an advice ,,,im worried :-(

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    • Nilaa

      Even my 7th month old boy has the same problem..he s passing stools after every feeding.we r feeding him with breast milk rice, porridge and ragi porridge.y yesterday consulted paediatrician nd she told it may be bcz f slight viral infection nd prescribed some medicines too..

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  4. Prisca

    Dr. The write up is nice but we need answers to these questions because am finding it difficult to ask mine as I can see almost 20 questions exactly the same with what I want to ask and you are not giving any response.

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    • Hi Prisca,

      Thank you for your Comment and observation.

      I’m the co-founder and executive producer of DrGreene.com. I am also Dr. Greene’s wife. We launched this site in 1995 and Dr. Greene has answered a lot of questions since then, but he was never able to keep up with all the questions that people have. From the very beginning we selected representative questions (like the one you just read) for him to answer in-depth and we posted those for everyone to read.

      For many years, we didn’t post people’s questions in the Comments section, only true comments about the post. We used the Contact Us form for questions and we selected, again representative, questions to answer from those forms. In recent years we started allowing questions in the Comments field because often readers have great advice for each other.

      I’m sorry to disappoint our readers. We’d love to answer all your questions, but that simply isn’t feasible because Dr. Greene is the only doctor answering questions on this site. There is another site where you can get your question answered by a doctor — healthtap.com. They have a network of thousands of doctors.

      I hope this addresses your concern and explains why there are so many unanswered questions. Now I have one for you — would you rather we use the Contact Us form for people to ask a question or post it in the Comments field? Each post would then only show Comments.

      Thanks again,
      @MsGreene

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  5. Priya.Aakassh

    Hello Dr. I was reading your article as I was growing through the details regarding the diaahrea in babies , wanted to know regarding my daughter who is 5months 4 weeks old since yesterday I noticed she is being pooing almost for every feed and its mustard color or sometimes it’s green in color and its smelly and its loose for atmost 8 times and today it was for 5times and it was runny found some jelly type in it ?? I am not sure whether it is mucus !! . I am breastfeeding as well as topping her up with formula . Recent change in my diet is I amdrinking fenugreek seed water soaked over night next day morning I drink it on empty stomach but today I didn’t consume as I wanted to know whether it as given reaction to her but it looks its not the case.. Can u tell me what it would be ?? Will it be teething at this stage or any infection ??

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    • Nidhi

      Hi priya,

      How is ur lo? Even its the same with by lo…can u suggest what did u do to treat diarrhea?

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  7. fifi robless

    The article was very helpful. Thanks a lot. God bless you.

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  8. angela nduta

    Good evening. My child is 3 months and 2 weeks old. She has been pooping 3 or 4 times a day and am worried about that. Could it be diarrhea?? Though she doesn’t have fever and her appetite is still good. She only breastfeeds. Thanx in advance..

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    • Hi Angela,

      It’s great that you are able to breastfeed your baby. Keep it up!

      Here’s a great video by Dr. Greene that can help answer your question. I hope it helps.

      Best,
      @MsGreene

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    • Sarah

      Hi,my baby is 14weeks old,in past few weeks he always one poo in one day,n yesterday he suddenly 3-4times poo in one day,that really worry me,becos quite runny poo,so how is ur baby now?

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  10. makhosi

    Hi Doctor

    My daughter is one month old and formula fed. I suspect she’s having diarrhea what can I use?

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  11. marissa munoz

    Hi dr.

    My 10 month old has had diarrhea for three weeks and 1/2 that is the only symptom she has.. I don’t know what to do. My husband and I were thinking now that she crawls what if she ate someting that is causing the diarrhea. . HELP ME! !!!!

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  12. Mariah Avila

    My daughter is 7 months I never had a issue with runs till now she started last night and it’s real watery. She doesn’t show any signs of a fever as I can tell but I’m a first time mom and I’m kind of worried about her. What should I do?

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  13. Ruth

    My baby is 3 months old and his gums are starting to ich, I think he is about to teeth so now 2 days ago he started to poop frequently. The poop is green and sometimes yellow. It’s watery with some solid clods like. I am starting to panic. He doesn’t have a fever and it just comes out naturally.

    Please help me

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  14. CHANDAR

    My full term baby is 1 month old. Diarrhea started 10 days ago. The stool test showed presence of PUS cells (4-6/h.p.f.), mucus and positive to reducing substance. No blood, ova and cyst. A dose of antibiotic was given and breast-feed was replaced with Soy based formula (Isomil). Zinc supplement and probiotics were given. Though some rashes developed on face, condition of stool got better till breast feed was resumed yesterday. The baby is restless again. When can breast-feeding be resumed. What sort of advanced stool test can be done before the scheduled appointment with the Paed. after 2 days?

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  15. yohana

    Thanks it was a good help.

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  16. Bhuvi

    My baby is 5 months old. For the past 1 week he is going motion several times which is like watery. We are giving formula milk because he is not taking breastfeeding. He is going 15 to 20 times per day. When we consult a doctor he gave medicines but it did not get stopped. Now we gave urine and motion test to the lab and waiting for result. We are also giving cerelac and raggi water to him for getting strength. Please advise what should we do. We all are worrying that baby is going motion still. Whenever he takes water or milk or food he is going motion with water. Please help us.

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    • shaheetha

      Hi Dr
      My baby is 5th month old. He is going stool watery especially after mother feed.. I give him cerlac or biscuit for the past 15 days..

      Past 5 days he is having disentery after mother feed.
      All concern about babies. Pls give me remedy dr.

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  17. Angel

    My baby is 5weeks ± and she poop heavily more than the usual poop about 5 times and what cream can I use for rash on her chick and body? Thanks

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    • Eric

      Calmoseptine cream, very effective u’ll see result within 24hrs

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    • Eric

      Sorry that cream is for rashes on her butt not sure if its applicable for other body part

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  18. Krashida

    Hi doctor
    My 3 month old exclusively breast fed baby has green runny and frothy stool. She poops every time she feeds…its like as soon as something goes in her tummy from one end it comes out from the other end!. My ped prescribed bactrim TDS for 5 days but i am a little reluctant in starting antibiotics this soon.

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  19. Lakshmi

    Hi Dr.
    My 4 months girl poops 15 to 20 times a day, I’m exclusively breastfeeding her. I was told that it is normal but still I’m worried a lot.
    Pls help.

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  20. Sweety Singh

    Hello Dr.

    My baby has completed 3 months and after completing one month, she has running poop. Almost 15 to 20 times a day. I am only breast feeding her and still her stomach is upset. I have been told its normal but still her continuous poop concerns me a lot. Is there anything i can do to stop it.

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  21. Zuki

    Hi Dr.
    My baby is 6weeks old and she’s doing 6-8 times poop in 24 hours,it is watery with some mucus and like mustard seeds and sometimes it is green in color. She still feeds normal, I’m just worried cause it’s now the second week. Please advice.

    Thank you.

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  22. Leslie

    My 2 week old poop is running every time he use it no fever r anything what to do

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    • Leslie

      Anybody else have this problem

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      • Natalie

        If your child is exclusively breast fed then their poop will be looser/ runnier than most would expect. If you formula feed then the poop tends to be a thicker consistency. Make sure your baby is feeding well and not dehydrated and they will be fine. If the poop is very watery or very smelly or has anything worrying in it (like mucous or blood) then please take him to see a doctor.

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  23. Madeeha

    My baby is 11th month old and he is doing 5 times poop in 24 hours,it is watery with some mucus and like mustard seeds and sometimes ..now I am confused wether it is normal and it is diarrhea he is not dehydrated but doing poop is watery and oftenly as before that’s why I am worried and confused please let me know what it is exactly?

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  24. Jaspeeet

    My baby is doing 6-8 times poop in 24 hours,it is watery with some mucus and like mustard seeds and sometimes it is green in color.now I am confused wether it is normal and it is diarrhea he is not dehydrated but doing poop is watery and oftenly as before that’s why I am worried and confused please let me know what it is exactly?

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  25. Hemagayathri

    My 15 months old poop for 4 times a day but he is active only and poop is semi solid.. Is this diarrhea or any infection…what I need to do to cure my kid…

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  26. Cristina

    Could teething cause diarrhea?

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    • Natalie

      It is not proven but it has been said that some babies get diarrhea when teething. I know a few babies who have had stomach upsets while teething, along with rashes, irritability and refusal to sleep.

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  27. John dogster

    Yup it helped

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  28. Ana

    Hi Dr,

    My son just turned 1 and he has been having diarrhea once a day and that is the only time he has a bowel movement. It has been everyday for almost 3 months now. A stool sample has been done to rule out lactose intolerance and it came back negative.

    What should I be feeding him? It doesn’t seem to be causing him any pain. He is gassy sometimes and his diarrhea is very, very smelly, and watery.

    Thankyou

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  29. sakina kalabhai

    hello dr. my 2 month baby has 5 or 6 stools a day or after every feed and mucous is also present in her stool I have contact to pediatrician n he suggest isomil to feed my child but she didn’t take or vomit n she had immediate stool after giving isomil greenish loose stool so did I continue giving isomil or stop it or did I hospitalised her.its been 4 days

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  30. mariam

    my baby is 3months and 3days but he has been running abnomally stool one day ago.there is a change of colour on is palm n foot.is dis cause by diarrhea.what is the solution.please it vry urgent.

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  31. Emmanuel

    My baby is 3 weeks and having frequent poops after breastfeeding.
    She poops and cries to be breastfed regularly.
    What could that mean?

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  32. Rubel Ahmed

    my baby is now 1years 8 months and she is now sick & she has been suffering runny & mucous diarrhoea last 1 week and she didn’t take any food so.plz help me what should i do

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  33. Heather

    My son was born premature at 31 weeks he is now 1 and he has never had a formed or regular stool he has always had runny diarrhea since he was born. And he poops so much a day. He goes to see a g.i. specialist in a few weeks. Is there any thing i need to be worried about? He also did have to get brought back to life because he got really sick

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  34. Laiba

    My baby is 10 months old she is a girl she is active and smart but she poops every time when she eats something and when she drink milk also if she will do like this so didn’t get food she is thin and I want her fat the doctor is saying in her poop there are some infections what is the reason it is common or something else

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  35. Shola

    My baby is 7 months months old and has been having watery poo once every night. Why is this? She has no tooth yet

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  36. Hillary

    My lo was born at 34 weeks was on Enfamil enfacare but had runny watery diarrhea like.poop the whole time being on it. Finally the pedi listened to me and switched formula to a soy based after two.months. the next day her poop was not.runny but developed patches of eczema on all joints head about a week later. Now its taken over her body a month later. Ive done everything to help it but it continues to.worsen. her poop is clay like and sticks between her bum cheeks and is a grayish green/yellow color now since the switch. Someone said a soy allergy possibly??? Pedi switched to.similac sensitive and has been drinking more than before but not even 24 hours since switch she has watery poop like there is nine in diaper but.the whole diaper has the poop Brown color throughout bottom. WHAT DO I DO? I need to switch pedi I’m not thrilled to begin with and doesn’t help. But until then I don’t want to go back to the months on end of diarrhea and horrid diapers rashes that never goes away. Switching to soy the poop changed a day later and now its back.to what it was before. I need advice please I have no.idea what else to.do

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    • Amanda

      thats all normal. Crying for food means you need to feed baby more often. If she cries you are waiting too long to feed her. try Nutramigen from Enfamil. give it at least 4-5 weeks to clear all they soy out of her system. Clay poop is too firm for little baby.

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      • Natalie

        I agree with Amanda’s reply, clay poop is too firm for a baby. And I would definitely recommend changing her milk since the rash on her joints (or eczema as you called it) sounds like an allergy to something. My daughter used to get the same reaction when I introduced cows milk at 1 year old. As soon as I cut out the cows milk the rash/ “eczema” went away.

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  37. Tesfa

    Hiiii Dr, my baby is four months old. He has diarrhea for four consecutive days. kindly ask you to inform me what could i do?

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  38. Sera

    Hi Doctor, please, my baby boy is 16 months old. He’s been having diarrhea for 3 days now, 3 times daily, but no fever. He don’t used to eat well, specially vegetables and cooked food, but he eats Quaker oats, drinks orange juice daily, eats cheese, toast, grapes cerelak and soup, fish fingers, macaroni without sauce, no meat, no chicken, sometimes a little bit of bbq chicken and from time to time yogurts. His weight is 10 kgs, but he is so smart, he don’t sit at all, he spends all the day playing and from one room to the other scattering every where. And I only Breast feed him, he don’t drink any other milk. Sometimes with food I will put Quaker oats, potato puree. Any thing to worry about? Please helpp. Thank you.

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    • Natalie

      When situations like this happen you need to consider any recent changes to the diet. During bouts of diarrhea I’ve found it helps to give the child starchy foods like cerel, bread, grains, mashed potato, etc. Along with any vegetables that they like to eat. Mashed boiled eggs are a good protein if they will eat them. But I would keep them away from fruit juices, especially orange, as it can be quite harsh on the stomach and tends to pass straight through some children. Really water is the best drink during diarrhea. If in doubt, get a doctor’s appointment.

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  39. jossy

    Hello I have a 5 wks baby girl who won’t poop by herself. I have waited 7 days to see if she poops but nothing. I have to assist her by putting the tip of a q tip with Vaseline in her anal area. After that she poops just fine. She takes 3 oz of similac formula every 3 hours, no vomiting or blood in her stool. I have been to the hospital 4 times because of this and they told me to give her 1 tsp of prune juice twice a day but that is not making her go. When she was born she would poop with every feeding and with no problem now all she does when in pain is push and only gas is coming out. Should she be examined by an specialist to find out what could be wrong with her?

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    • Rach

      Hey jossy,

      I’ve had a similar problem a week ago. My babys 29 days old and she’s been pooping just fine until a week ago. She used to poop 8-9 times a day but like u said, she couldn’t poop for about two days straight. Stimulating her anal area didn’t work for me either. But after my hubby started to give her a mild tummy rub (massage), she got back to her normal schedule. It got reduced to about 5-6 times a day but i heard that at about a month, baby’s bowel movement reduces, so I’m not too worried. Hope your little one’s okay!

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  40. Pearl

    Hi Dr,
    my baby is 11 months old and has been stooling for the past 14 days with ulceration of his peri anal region. I am a medical doctor and have spoken with other colleagues here. I’ve tried everything from Zinc tabs, metronidazole, cefuroxime, been consistent with diet (rice cereal), all to no avail. My major problem however is the ulcer which is not healing due to frequent stooling which has moved from watery to pasty. I recently saw a few mouth ulcers and now I don’t know what to think. I’m worried about coeliac disease (though and he’s on gluten free cereal) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I’ve applied topical anti bacterial creams on the lesion with little improvement now I’m resorting to petroleum jelly. He’s bn irritable for two days and I’m getting more worried. What are your thoughts pls.

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    • Hello doctor. There’s a very promising diarrhea remedy called DiaResQ. It’s a nutritional solution. The first big study is due out next month, but DiaResQ has already been named one of the 30 leading healthcare innovations with great promise to transform global health. The people I know who have used it have been very pleased with the results. It delivers protein and antibodies for restoring gut health.

      After 14 days of diarrhea, stool studies (and perhaps blood tests) could be very valuable for helping to pinpoint the cause of diarrhea. Knowing the cause can help you know what to expect as well as help to target the treatment. Having another doctor examine your child is wise (I do this when my kids are sick).

      Clearing up diarrhea is the most important way to speed healing of a related skin ulcer. In the meantime, a strong barrier such as petroleum jelly can protect the vulnerable skin. And antibacterial or antifungal creams can help treat infections that may have breached the skin’s barrier.

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  41. Celeste

    Hi my daughter is 6 months old going on 7 months and she has been having pebble like stools and then all of a sudden she has diarrhea and tryna vomit. She went on having a normal day like usual and then this happens she dont have a fever yet. What should I do???

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  42. Dikeledi

    Hi Dr Green
    My 2months baby girl is been having very loose poo twice a day for two weeks and I’m only breastfeeding, but can I call a Doctor?

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    • Natalie

      Do not panic. Babies who are exclusively breast fed have loose stools. When you should
      worry is when the poop is:

      • very watery,
      • very smelly,
      • has a drastic change in content (like froth, mucous or blood, etc).

      Also, going twice a day is not a problem as long as the poop is ‘normal’. If ever you are concerned you should get your child checked over by a doctor.

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  43. olabisi odunbaku

    Hello Doctor,
    my 3 months old has been having green stool each time he breastfeeds with some sorts of mustard seeds like in it and also something like cattarh, how can I stop it.

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    • Amanda

      thats normal. google brestfeed stools. They are loose, green/yellow and seedy. Its all normal!!

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  44. Raisul Islam

    Dear Dr. Green
    My baby is 12 days old. For 3 days she pooped watery and her anal area remains wet. She had pooped 10 times in 24 hours. She has no fever. No vomiting trends and she takes breast feed. I took her to the doctor he advised me to take eromycin drop for five days. I need your advice. Please

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    • sumble

      hi my grand daughter is five week old and she is having diarrhea .she is on mother feed and five or six watery stools pls tell me what to do . she is alread under weight and iam really worried

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  45. izir

    My 9 months old baby has a runny poop… She is 8klos can i gave her infalyte or pedialyt?.

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  46. kemi

    Dr Greene

    Here’s the Scenario, my baby has always been on Enfamil from day one, when she turned 6 months I changed her formula from Enfamil to SMA gold, but she didn’t really like the taste of SMA and didn’t like to finish up her food. I decide to change back to Enfamil after a week of giving her SMA gold. I did this and fed her with Enfamil together with mixed vegetable cereal then she started stooling so I thought it was the cereal and I stopped dat still stooling continued.

    I took her to the pediatrician and she was given Zinc and ORS to be taken for 10 days and it still did not stop. I went to the hospital again and the ped added BIOFLOR. I had to stop giving her formula because the moment she takes formula she stools. Then I started just on rice cereals thinking after a while she would and over it then I went back on formula and she stooled each time I gave her formula. Please what can I do as am so worried?

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  47. ANISAH

    Hye my son is 18mnts and has excessive diarrhea it spills over into his diaper and just messes up everything my question is this normal? What is the cause of this? Should i take him to the emergency? How can i rectify this at home? What shall i give him?

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    • Natalie

      I would first look at what you are currently feeding him. Think about anything out of the ordinary that he has eaten recently and try not to give him it again until his bowel movements return to normal. How much carbohydrates does he eat? I find that starchy foods like cerel, bread and mashed potatoes are good during times of diarrhea. Also, try not to give your child fruit juice if possible as it can be harsh on their stomach. Water is best. Diarrhea tends to go away on it’s own as long as there is no serious underlying condition behind it. Make sure your child stays hydrated! That is a must! If in doubt, get a doctors appointment.

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  48. hope

    My two weeks old baby stomach is too strong. She poo like more than ten times a day.her stool comes out with water.lm so worry

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  49. amanda

    Very helpful

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  50. Rose

    Hi I have a 17. Week old little girl her poop have been running last pass 2 week what can cause her have the running bad.any idea

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    • michelle

      Hi my granddaughter is 17 days old she has bad diaoria and is crying like it’s sore can you help

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  51. Shobana

    Not Help full.
    Help my 7 week old baby has had blood in his poo today and I’m terrified it’s something seriouse x

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  52. Uzma

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    my baby is 3 months old …and suffering from loose motions in the form of water and in green,yellow colour.Is this is diarrhoea ?
    if it is diarrhoea so what we have 2 do ??

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    • KatieJoP3HJH's Mom

      My baby is 5 months old and has never had a solid/firm poop. No fever. Eating normal. Normal activity. What may be the cause?

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  53. Denisse

    6 month old daughter has had very mucous- jelly like stools right after every feeding for the past 3 days now. She is teething and she is also just recovering from a cold. Could these be the cause of her diarrhea? What can I do to help her get better. She’s acting her normal self other than having a minor diaper rash and frequent stools. First time mom! I don’t know if I should be more worried or take her to get checked right away.

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  54. Mirza Rakib

    Hi,
    My baby boy is 19 days old and having water poop 5/6 times a day and another 2/3 times stool is normal.
    Our doctor is advised for oral saline and zinc sulphate. However, it is not remarkable progress it is around 4 days. Please help us with suggestion.

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  55. Cheyanne

    HI doctor, my baby is 9 weeks old and breastfed. The last 4 to 5 days she seemed in pain with her bowels, and noticed today that her poop is almost like normal poop. It’s like a really thick paste is this normal? Because I got told babies poop changes around 12 weeks?

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    • asma

      I have been going thru the same exact problem with my almost 6 month old baby.. last three days have been rough on her.. she is been pooping after every feed.. i worry about her mot getting enough nutrition and getting

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  56. Jagdish

    Hi Greene, my baby is just 5 months old and from past 3 weeks he is having non stop diarrhea. More than 9 times a day and the poop is watery and green. Consult with the Dr. and also done poop and blood test. Results: Infections.. He is only feeded by his Mom no formula made milk. Also he doesn’t like formula made. Help me with your suggestion.

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  57. Amy

    My son is 6 weeks old and is formula fed soy based milk. He has had 12 to 15 diarrhea diapers in the last 24 hours, along with very frequent throwing up and not sleeping well. What should I do?

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  58. Chisom

    My 3 months old baby started out with fever, after which she had very loose stools with mucus in it together with cough and catarrh. few days later, she began breathing heavily and gasping for breathe. she was admiited in the hospital and later discharged after 4days but she still has been coughing, stooling, and breathing hard. she also has less wet diapers. What could be the problem and also solution for it? Thanks

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  59. Dereje

    My daughter is 10month & she face diahhria. Whay shall I give to her?

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  60. jalpa

    Hi
    My baby girl is 7 weeks old & from last 1 week she has done green poo 4 to 5 times with mucus & having running poo (diarrhea) from last 5 days. She is on breastfeed. I am on my normal diet. So what can be the reason for green poo & diarrhea?

    Can you please give me the solution??

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    • Amanda

      green & yellowish too loose seedy poop is normal for breastfed babies.

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  61. Becky

    My daughter is 3 and half months old. She has been having diarrhea for the last 3 weeks. I took her to doctor 2 times. They asked me to keep her hydrated using Diaralyte solution. She would not take her food as well. Its difficult to breastfeed her, she keeps crying. What could be the reason?

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  62. jackie

    My baby is a month old and has really watery, light brown poop 2 times now & vomited 3 times in a row. His pediatrician is closed. Should I take him to the e.r.? Also was only breastfeeding. Started feeding formula every other feeding. Could this be the cause? PLEASE HELP!!!

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    • I’m just a mom, not a doctor, but I would say the change from breastfeeding to a combination of breastfeeding and formula could be the cause.

      Regarding taking him to the ER, from what you’ve said, I don’t think it’s time to trek to the ER, but it’s important that you follow your mother’s instinct. Your baby may get better on his own, or may get worse. If you start feeling like he’s in trouble, don’t hesitate to go. More than likely, a call to your pediatrician in the morning will be just fine.

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  63. kaleem

    My son is 3 months old and every day he had loose stools nearly 5 to 6 times. Sometimes yellow, sometimes green and sometimes contains mucus. His weight is 4.1 and looking healthy and he is on breast milk. Is it diarrhea? His urine is also very frequent. Please answer.

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  64. GEOFFREY

    My son is 6 months and he has been diarrhearing for 9 days now.doctor has given me OR and ZINC and advised to reduce amount of meal given daily.upto now there is no change.what should i do?
    please help.

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    • With prolonged diarrhea in babies the big issues are to prevent dehydration and to learn the underlying cause if it’s something that needs specific treatment. I’m glad to hear when someone has seen their pediatrician with diarrhea lasting longer than a week. I’m also a fan of continuing to get back in touch until the diarrhea has turned the corner. Ask about probiotics, which could help shorten diarrhea from many causes.

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  65. Mel

    My daughter is 4 months. She’s been having very watery stool 3-4 times a day. It’s watery, a lot of mucous in it, yellowish and a bit green. No symptoms of dehydration. Doctor said try pedialyte didn’t work. They said dilute the bottles nothing. Help please it’s been 14 days.

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  66. Diana

    My baby girl is 14 weeks and she poo after every feed for 2day now. She also feed through a gastronomy, I also give her both formula feed and breast milk. Could this be diarrhea? Pldo help

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  67. michelle

    Hi there. My baby is 13months old now and yesterday she started to have yellow watery poop two times. Last night she vomited after feeding. She’s formula fed baby. And today she pooped four times already and vomited once. She is still very playful. Any advice? Thanks.

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  68. Liszton

    If the diarrhea has led to dehydration what should be the first treatment to be done?

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  69. ADEGUN A.O

    My baby is two months old. She poops 4-6 times a day, especially after feeding. She’s on breast milk and baby formula. She was 2.5kg at birth. Right now she is just 3.2kg. Please, is all well with my baby? Expecting you reply.

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  70. candace

    My child is 2 month and she runny stool for 4 day and she look so small

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  71. nir

    My baby 6 months old. He is breast feeding, but from 6 days he continue 6-8 curdy green poo and fever also. My doctor says stop breast feeding and given some antibiotic, but after 36hr — no any relief. I am so worried. Tell me wat to do.

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  72. Zooreen

    My 7 months old daughter is lactose intolerant. We have been giving her neocate since she was 3 months old on pediatric suggestion. Now I am confused. Is she lactose intolerant or dairy allergic? Yesterday we tried her with 30 ml primalac LF upon which she started vomiting and had diarrhea within one hour of feeding. Please let me know the reason behind this. Is she lactose intolerant or dairy allergic..?? Primalac LF is a lactose free baby formula as well. Very thankful to you for your answer.

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    • Yasir

      Primalac HA1 and Primalac HA2 is for Hyper Allergy ( Protein Alergy or Cow milk allergy causing skin rashes on baby face). So what milk you are using now.

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  73. Jaq

    Really useful articles, has reassured me about what to do. Thank you

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  74. ANURAG SACHAN

    My baby loosing stool for 5 days is it normal? If it is problem, then what is the solution?

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  75. Shanill abbas

    Hi, my name is Shanill. My 12 years old daughter has diarrhea for 3 month. Every time I go to the hospital they keep saying drink water. Can you help me??

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    • Yasir

      Hi,

      The best think for Diarrehea cure and improvement is to give probiotics (enzymes/ good bacteria naturally found in stomach and intestine but they become are they get lost due to frequent lose motions). The best source of natural probiotics is Yoghurt. Give low fact youghurt to your child in routine. Also fresh coconut water is best thing to cure diahrea and natural dehydrating solution from our Creator but give coconut water from a green or Yello coconut which is very fresh DO NOT give it from dark brown coconut as it is ripen already and coconut wather is not fresh. Bananas have natural potassium which is good also for stomach digestive system. Give bananas to babies having loose stools.

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  76. Nicole

    My 9m old daughter normally has 1-3 soft formed stools/day. For about a week now she had had 5 or more diarrhea stools per day. The color of stool changes throughout the day and seems like late afternoon she has one or two that are very dark — almost black with some green streaks in it. Increase in amount of baby food, but otherwise nothing new with diet, still breastfed also. Doesn’t appear to be any teeth close to cutting through??

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  77. Kamal

    My baby is at 38 days old. Seven days after birth, he developed diaper rash because of runny poops. We usually visit the dermatologist for diaper rash. It was almost cured, but again we saw the rash due to runny poops. We think, he’s having slow diarrhea, but not severe. Due to the runny poops, his anus always wetty. We are not using diaper after having this problem. How we can control the frequent runny poops?

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  78. susmita

    Dr. Greene,

    My 3.5 years son has green sticky potty 6-7 times. We have done stool test. There is present e coli., occult blood positive. Amikacin ection through iv was given, but no result.

    Now next stool test report said still the bacteria present. Reducing substance is also ++. Now his doc is givng ofloxacin orally. Only 200gm weight gain in last month. Will I continue breast feeding? Is there anything to worry?

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    • Preeti

      Hi Susmita,

      Do you have any solution to the above problem? As my baby has this same issue.

      Please advise what you have done.

      Regards,

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  79. Benson

    Hello Dr Greene,

    My daughter is just 3 weeks old and since I do not breast feed I introduced her to formula, but now on entering the fourth week she started vomiting and having diarrhea. Now she is refusing to feed and am getting really worried. Could it be the formula I am using? And if am to change the formula which ones are you recommending?

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  80. steph

    My daughter is 2. She is anemic. The past 2 days she’s had really runny nappys. Tonight I changed her 7 times within an hour. Surely this can’t be right. She’s drinking plenty and isn’t running a temp. She is on galfer iron because she’s very low on iron. Could you please give me some advice. Thank you.

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  81. haider alshawi

    My 1 years old is suffering from frequent defecation — at last 10 times per day.

    Her mother worried about this situation for a week, but there is no fever or anything to suggest that the child is sick except the rash in her seat was treated by some ointments. The baby is fed by bottle and some food by her mother.

    Asking for your help. Is this condition normal and the extent of the danger to the child? Please advise us. With appreciation.

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  82. fola

    very helpful thanks…

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  83. Grace Muriithi

    Very helpful. My son is five months can I give him pedialyte?

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  84. marri

    Really helpful thank you

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  85. unathi

    I have a 3 month old boy. His stool has suddenly changed. It is runny. What can be the cause of it? I’m breastfeeding and give him formula (nan pelargon).

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    • bugzz

      My daughter is 3 months old her poop is yelow and flower. Is this called diarrhea?

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  86. flozzy

    My baby will be 5-months in 2 weeks. She suddenly started having frequent and runny poop this morning. Please, I am so worried — although she is acting normal and fine.

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  87. Geraldine

    Yes, poo really burns baby’s soft skin. Thanks for that reminder. I have to rinse her bottom after every diaper change. Yet I need to know the cause of diarrhea at five months. Could it be due to the medication I am taking? Does it indicate teething?

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  88. tyeisha

    My 2 month old baby girl is having non-stop diarrhea. She got her 2 month shots on the 8th. She has a red peel of skin rash on her bottom. She is on Enfamil Gentlease for fussiness, and crying. Please help me out. I’m really scared for her.

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    • Stephanie

      My daughter is also 2 months old and just got her shots on the 13th! And is also having bad diarrhea! She is on the same formula also. I’m looking for answers!

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    • crystal

      My 2 month old baby girl is also having non – stop diarrhea. She is on the same formula, Enfamil Gentlease, for fussiness and crying. Please help!!

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    • saureen

      Surely your LO are good now, but what did you guys do when they had diarrhea? My 3 month old has been having runny diapers for over 24 hours now. She has sudden bursts of cry, too and then after awhile she’s back to being cheery. I’m not sure how to help her. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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  89. Dr. Nasir Mukadam

    My daughter has watery stool from 2 week .what is treatment?

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  90. virginia madrid

    My baby is 19th months and does not walk yet by him self, is that normal?

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  91. araceli

    Dr greene my daughter is five months old and has a cough runny nose diarrhea and a diaper rash but no fever what can i give her bedided Tylenol

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  92. MARGARITA

    I need to know?

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  93. MARGARITA

    MY BABY IS 4 MTHS OLD AND SHE HAS THE SAME POO THAT SHE HAD WHEN SHE WAS FIRST BORN ITS REAL WATERY AND I BREASTFEED IS IT OK BUT SHE DOES STRAIN ALOT!!!

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  94. sherriae

    My baby is 6 months. She has been having runny stools and is hot at the face. Also her nose is very stuff and running.

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  95. juliet

    My baby is 2mths n 2wks,she stools frequently n is watery,n she is getting slim everday.

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  96. Emily

    Hi I have two things. My son is 5 months old and just recently started popping like 20 times a day. Every time I change his diaper there’s poop. Very soft but not runny, he does get fevers, and takes a pump for his asthma. What do I do!!?

    My daughter is 2 years old and she has a fear of pooping so she holds it in and it leaves her not feeling well. Last night I tried the suppository and when she pooped bright red blood came out with it! I took her to the E.R and they said to give her Miralax every day 10g. I’ve even had more fiber foods in her diet and nothing seems to be helping. I need help.

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  97. marry

    My baby is just 6 months old. He sometimes poo is normal and sometimes loose, soft and yellow. Is this normal?

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  98. Raja Rajan

    Thank you, this is a lot more information, it really helps.

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  99. Yasaswini

    Thankyou greene….for your answer…..
    My baby is just 6 months old….would please suggest me which food is good at this age for her growth???

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    • aisha

      hi every one! is their is any one for my help i am very anxious my 3 months baby have watery motion with smell and its happen 7 to 8 times within a day iam very anxious, my pediatric gave her antibiotics through injection with a course of 6 days but they also didnt effect her is their is any one for my help please help me my baby is getting week day by day and she is also not putting the weight too,she is on bottle feed

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