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Infant Diarrhea

As you introduce more and different foods to the menu for your baby's meals, you are going to notice a few changes to the consistency and smell of his bowel movements. Unfortunately, you might notice something else as new foods are introduced.
The change in diet could cause one of two things, neither of which is fun to deal with: infant diarrhea and infant constipation.
Your infant may have diarrhea if, over the last couple of days, he has had:
  • Noticeably more bowel movements than usual
  • Bowel movements that are runny and unformed.
There are many possible causes of diarrhea in infants. The most common cause is an infection with a virus (specifically, rotavirus). There are also several reactions or intolerances to foods that can cause diarrhea in infants. For example:
  • Apple juice, pear juice, and cherry juice: These juices contain sorbitol, which is a complex sugar that can be hard for infants to digest. White grape juice is a good alternative.
  • Milk and dairy products: Milk protein allergy is one of the more common food allergies seen in young children. These products can also cause diarrhea in children suffering from lactose intolerance. Keep in mind, however, that healthcare providers do not recommend unmodified cow's milk (whole, 2 percent, or skim) until children are at least a year old, so it should be a little while before you see a possible reaction to milk and dairy.
(Click Infant Diarrhea for more information about this condition, how it can be treated, and when you should call your doctor.)
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