What are four ways to treat baby diarrhea?


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Four ways to treat infant diarrhea are giving the baby an oral hydration solution; changing the baby's diet to bland, starchy foods; administering oral antibiotics with a doctor's approval; and giving intravenous fluids under a doctor's care, according to WebMD. The treatment depends upon the severity of the diarrhea.

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The goal is to keep the baby hydrated. If the mother is breastfeeding, she should continue doing so, supplementing breast milk with oral hydration solutions (OHS) available at drug and grocery stores. The baby may also be given OHS in a bottle. Mothers who are breastfeeding should adjust their diet to include bland foods. A baby who is eating solid foods should switch to eating foods such as bananas, rice cereal and applesauce to help firm the baby's stool. Oral antibiotics should only be given if ordered by a doctor who has examined the baby and determined she has a bacterial or viral infection. Finally, if the baby shows sign of moderate or severe hydration, an immediate visit to the doctor is recommended for diagnosis and treatment, which may include the administration of intravenous fluids in the hospital, according to MedlinePlus.

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