To treat your toddler’s diarrhea, make sure to give him/her plenty of fluids. Water is pretty easy to give, especially if the child isn’t vomiting. If the toddler is vomiting, you can call your child’s doctor, they may recommend a children’s drink like pedialyte (depending on age, and any other conditions or medications the child is on). Avoid sweet drinks like juice, soda, and even Gatorade. Even Jell-O should be avoided. All of these items draws water into the intestine, making it worse.
Many doctors believe that you can continue to feed your child solids while they have diarrhea. While you may not want to (fearing it will make it worse), if your child is up to it, go ahead. The BRAT diet we as adults were always told to eat (bananas, rice, applesauce and dry toast), the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) say it is perfectly fine to continue a normal diet with breads, cereals, rice, lean meats, yogurts, fruit and veggies. These foods have the nutrients needed to fight the diarrhea.
Some children who have severe diarrhea may need to go to the hospital to receive fluids via IV in order to avoid dehydration. If you are concerned, call your doctor to see what they recommend.
Can My Toddler Continue With Breastmilk Or Formula When Having Diarrhea?
Your toddler can continue with breastmilk or formula if they are still drinking it. They can continue the same diet as before the diarrhea started.
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